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Police appeal after reports of sexual assault in atria Watford

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following reports of a sexual assault at a shopping centre in Watford.

The incident is said to have occurred between midday and 1pm on Saturday (9 March), when it is reported that two 14-year-old girls were approached by a group inside the Atria shopping centre.

The two teenagers were then followed before being inappropriately touched.

Police confirmed that three people – a 14-year-old boy, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy – were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

They have since been released on police bail with strict conditions while enquiries continue.

Inspector Dan Jones, who leads Watford’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We understand that news of this incident will cause concern among the wider community, and we hope news of the arrests are reassuring. We are supporting both victims, keeping them and their families updated on our investigation as it progresses.

“This incident happened during a busy Saturday in the town centre and we’re urging anyone who believes they witnessed what happened to please come forward to help us with our enquiries.”

You can report information online, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/19858/24.