Police are appealing for witnesses after a girl reported being raped as she walked home.
The child was walking along Balcombe Road when she was dragged by a man onto a footpath between Blackwater Lane and Balcombe Road. Police said he pushed her into the bushes where he raped her.
The schoolgirl has only just built up the courage to report the attack, which happened at around 3pm on or around September 22.
Detective Inspector James Norbury from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the young victim who has only just built up the courage to report it and she and her family are now being supported by specially trained officers.
“Although she can’t remember the exact day it happened, she believes it is around September 22.
“It was light and a busy time of day so we are appealing to anyone who might have been in that area of Maidenbower around 3pm.”
If you recognise the man or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, contact police on firstname.lastname@example.org or 101 quoting Operation Dunlop. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.