From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Horrific news. Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department are investigating the rape of a teenage girl which occurred in the St Columb Minor area of Newquay on the evening of Sunday 27 November.

Detective Inspector Rick Milburn said: “The attack took place between 6pm and 7.30pm in the area of Penwartha Close and Stafford Close. The girl was walking alone when she was approached by an unknown man who assaulted her.

“The man is described as white, aged between 20 to 30-years-old. He had brown hair with a quiff at the front, a sharp jawline, and a London accent. He was wearing a grey tee-shirt with dark blue jeans.”

“It was also reported that he had a small circular tattoo that was visible on his left collar bone about the size of a two pence piece. It had a thick orange line running through the centre of it; similar to a no-entry sign in its design. The tattoo was also described as faded and of low quality.”

DI Milburn continued: “The girl is being supported by family and specially trained officers.

“Anyone with any information, or who was in the area prior, during or after the attack who may have noticed something suspicious are urged to contact the investigative team as soon as possible.

“We are keeping an open mind on if the attacker is a resident of Newquay, Cornwall, or from outside the area, so if the description of the suspect or the distinct design of the tattoo sound familiar but you are not local to Newquay, please still contact us immediately as this information could be vital to our investigation.

“Incidents such as these remain rare however we understand that this may cause some concern to local residents and patrols have been stepped up in the area to offer reassurance to our community and these will remain in place throughout the weekend.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101 or quoting reference number 50220049142.”

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