Boy, 16, arrested following reports of sexual assault and assault in Stratford - The Stratford Observer

Boy, 16, arrested following reports of sexual assault and assault in Stratford

Stratford Editorial 17th May, 2024   0

A TEENAGE boy from Stratford has been arrested on suspicion of assault, sexual assault and possession of Class B drugs.

The 16-year-old was arrested following two alleged incidents which reportedly saw people threatened with a pen knife.

Police received reports of an assault in Stratford town centre on Tuesday (May 14) and a sexual assault which took place at Shottery Fields Park later that same day.

The boy was arrested on Thursday evening (May 16). As of 1pm today (Friday May 17) he remains in custody.

Insp Ben Hembry of Stratford Police said: “We understand the community has been left concerned by the two incidents and we hope the increased patrols and this latest update goes some way to providing some reassurance.

“In recent days we have seen a lot of speculation on social media, and we are aware of people sharing a photo of a youth they believe to be a suspect.

“Though we understand people are concerned and they may believe they are helping, I would like to remind people that sharing images of potential suspects who are under 18 and also speculating about criminal investigations can jeopardise those investigations.

“If you have concerns about someone carrying a knife, please report them. You can do this anonymously if you wish.”

Visit the Operation Talkative web page at for more information.

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