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Leamington Attack Team Praised

The skill and professionalism of the police team which investigated a serious sexual attack on an 11-year-old girl at a Leamington dance school has been recognised.

Sixteen officers from the Operation Larrikin team will be presented with Chief Constable’s commendations at a ceremony at Police HQ, Leek Wootton on March 30.

A major inquiry, led by Acting Detective Superintendent Richard Sear, was launched in December 1998 following the attack at the dance school in Spencer Street.

Fundamental to the inquiry was town centre CCTV footage, which showed the suspect wearing a distinctive yellow and black fleece at a nearby bus stop.

The offender was sentenced to six years imprisonment by a judge at Coventry Crown Court in June 1999. 

After the hearing, the parents of the victim praised the police for their sympathetic handling of the case and also the local and national media for their extensive coverage of police appeals for information.

Acting Chief Constable, Mick Brewer said: 

“The success of the inquiry and the ultimate conviction of the offender was due to the energetic leadership of the Senior Investigating Officer and his deputy, Det Insp George Stepney, the tenacity of all the officers involved, and the structured and professional way in which the whole inquiry was approached.”

“The inquiry was made especially difficult by the lack of any immediate forensic evidence and the absence of witnesses or a comprehensive description of the offender.”

A/Det Supt Richard Sear and DI Stepney are commended along with:  DS Paul Ledden, DS Jez Grew, DC Jon Ashfield, DC Naveed Malik, DC Bob Bradshaw, DC John Milne, DC Debra Tedds, DC Karen Rook, DC Stephen Barlow, DC Scott Lynbery, DC Garrie White, DC Amanda Buswell, DC Susan Smith and Mrs Valerie Deeming.

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CWN / Crimes, Fires & Accidents / Warwickshire Constabulary / 23 Mar 00

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