Man arrested for ‘attempting to rape a child customer in the back room of a corner store’

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A MAN has been arrested for the alleged attempted rape of a child in the back room of a corner store.

The incident is believed to have taken place earlier this month at the Selly Acre News in Stirchley, southwest of Birmingham.

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Selly Acre News has had its liquor license suspended following the incident which allegedly took place in a back room of the storeCredit: Google Earth

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail as the investigation continues.

West Midlands Police said the suspect was not the person named on the store’s license.

A police report said the incident under investigation was classified as “an attempted rape of a male child under the age of 13 by a male”.

Cops arrived at the child’s family home the day after the alleged attack to investigate a complaint.

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Chief Superintendent Richard North has written to the council requesting a review of the shop’s licence.

He said the seriousness of the allegations meant they needed to be brought to the “immediate attention” of the licensing committee.

The report said cops had requested the review due to the seriousness of the alleged crime and failures in the management of the premises involved, which had recently changed hands.

Birmingham City Council’s Licensing Committee met with councilors on September 21 to discuss the shop’s immediate future privately and a decision was published shortly after.

Cllr Sam Forsyth, chairman of the committee, said: ‘The committee has decided… to exclude the retail sale of alcohol from the scope of the licence.

“We have decided to suspend the license – this suspension begins immediately.”

West Midland Police said: “A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape. He remains free on bail while investigations continue.”

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Selly Acre News had been licensed to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, prior to the incident.

When the store was under different ownership in 2020, it lost its license after around 300 Viagra-like pills, 600 illegal cigarettes, a baseball bat and a golf club were found behind the counter, reports the Birmingham Mail .

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