AN 11-year-old girl is in hospital and will have to have surgery after she was snatched off the street and raped after she got off a bus on the way home from school.
A man followed the girl as she walked home in Enfield, north London, after school on Friday.
Sensing something was wrong, she crossed the road to try to shake him off but he dragged her into a nearby park and raped her.
Det Insp Simon Ellershaw said: "It doesn't need me to say how serious an attack this is. She's still in hospital, and has had to have surgery for her injuries."
The victim told police that the attack lasted up to three hours.
"We want to talk to not only anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously around the area but also if anyone had seen a distressed young schoolgirl wandering around in the street," Mr Ellershaw added.
"She said that the attack took a considerable amount of time."
Last night police were conducting a search of the park and door-to-door inquiries.
They described the suspect as a black male with afro hair, wearing a dark grey top and black, baggy jeans.
The victim, who was in her school uniform, is described as white and of petite frame. (© Daily Telegraph, London)