Police given more time to question teen arrested for attempted murder of a 10-year-old girl in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:26 07 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 October 2018

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Police have been given more time to detail a 16-year-old arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a 10-year-old girl in Exmouth.

The suspect was arrested in connection with a violent assault on a 10-year-old girl that took place on Thursday (October 4) in the Marley Road area.

Exeter Magistrates Court yesterday (Saturday) gave permission to hold the suspect until 5am on Monday.

Superintendent Matt Lawler, the local policing commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon said given the seriousness and complexity of the ongoing investigation, officers had applied for the court order.

He added: “This investigation is being progressed at full pace, with teams from across the force pulling together to establish the facts of what has occurred.

“The complexity, extensive range of our lines of enquiry, and the need to be diligent and thorough, means that we need this further time.”

Officers have appealed for dashcam or CCTV footage covering Jubilee Drive; Marley Road; and Pound Lane in Exmouth between 3-6pm on Thursday.

Police said the victim was being cared for by her family and health experts, together with specially trained officers who have now been able to speak to her about what happened.

The Major Crime Investigation Team officers who are leading the investigation are also conducting interviews with the 16-year-old suspect.

Supt Lawler added: “I would like to thank the public for their messages of support to the young girl and her family, for the feedback and support we have had to officers on patrol and at cordons, and for the information we have had so far into our 101 web chat, email and telephone lines.

“Our appeal for information on Friday led to the arrest that has been made, however, it is vitally important that anyone who has yet to speak to us and who may have information, dashcam or CCTV footage, comes forward.

“If you were in the immediate area of Marley Road on Thursday afternoon, or may have seen anything suspicious in that area in the past few days, no matter how insignificant, please tell us.”

Anyone with any information, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage that can aid the police investigation is asked to contact 101 quoting log 367 for October 5.

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