The Metropolitan Police has released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to after a young boy said he had been sexually assaulted in his own bedroom by an intruder.
Officers were called to the home on The Greenway in Ickenham, Hillingdon, northwest London shortly after midnight on Saturday, after reports that a man had gained entry to a property.
The boy said the man had come into his bedroom and assaulted him, but had fled when he said he would phone the police. There was no sign of forced entry to the property and no arrests have been made.
The boy, whose identity is being protected, is being supported by specially trained officers.
The suspect is described as white, of slim build with short hair and a beard. He was wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt.
Detective Constable Claire Field, from the West Area Command Unit’s Safeguarding team, said: “This matter has clearly caused a great deal of anguish to the boy’s family.
“Police are very concerned and we are carrying out an extensive and well-resourced investigation.
“We are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man who was seen running from the area shortly after the assault. It is vital that we speak to him to establish why he was in the vicinity.
“Whilst incidents such as this are thankfully very rare, I would encourage people to ensure that their homes are kept secure at all times and to report anyone acting suspiciously.”
Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image, or who was in the area at the time, is asked to call police on 101 or contact them via Twitter @MetCC Please quote CAD 145 / 23 NOV.