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Ward tried to rape teen in the woods

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Leon Ward, 49, of New Addington, attempted to rape a 14 year old girl in the woods after requesting nude pictures. He was sentenced to 10 years and under dangerousness, will serve 2/3rds in prison instead of half.

Ward befriended the child after seeing her on her own in New Addington. On the fatal day in question he asked her to go on a ‘walk in the woods’ before suddenly attacking her and attempting to rape her.

Detective Constable Jamie Munro, the investigating officer, said: “Ward took advantage of a vulnerable young girl believing that she would not tell anyone. Thankfully he was wrong. I applaud the bravery of the victim in coming forward. Her actions may have saved other potential victims from suffering the same offences.

“Identifying and apprehending those who commit violent offences against women and girls is a priority for us, and I urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to speak to police, at the very least to ensure you are supported.”

Leon Ward
The scene of the horrifying incident

Ward has also been placed on the sex offenders register for life, meaning he will have to notify the police of all of his identifying information on a yearly basis, and inform them of any changes to his name, address, and bank details.

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