Police have released an artist’s sketch of the man who tried to rape an 11-year-old girl at knifepoint at a park in Solihull.

Officers have worked with the girl to create a sketch of the face of her attacker, who as she walked home from school through Babbs Mill Park on June 29.

The girl was walking through the park at around 2.50pm when she was knocked to the ground by her attacker, who cut her on the neck with the knife.

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Police are hoping someone will be able to identify the attacker from the sketch.

He is described as white, slightly tanned, with short brown/greying hair. He has blue eyes, large hands and a muscular, stocky build.

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The man was with a white King Charles spaniel, which had light brown patches on its ears and body. The dog had a red collar and red extendable lead.

The image of the man was drawn in the days after the attack, but police have only now been able to release it to the public.

A 35-year-old man who was arrested in the days following the attack was released without charge and has been eliminated from enquiries, police said.

Police say they have reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and visited 1,300 local homes as part of their inquiries

Officers have also worked with experts to build up a psychological profile of the suspect and there have been patrols in the park every day since the attack.

In February, a 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in the same park.

According to the  on June 6, another woman was approached by a man who asked her if she had seen his lost dog, but then pulled a knife on her.

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call  or e-mail babbsmill-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

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