A MANHUNT launched after two schoolgirls were sexually assaulted in a notorious park last week has resulted in a man being arrested.

The two young victims were approached within a matter of minutes on Monday (March 13) afternoon in Prospect Park, Reading.

Thames Valley Police described how the offender inappropriately touched his victims, before fleeing in the direction of Waverley Road.

Investigating officers confirmed today (Monday) a 30-year-old man from Slough has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been bailed until March 29.

Within 25 minutes, girls aged 14 and 15 were approached by the same man in broad daylight after school.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Stuart Streeter, said: “He was carrying a mobile phone that was orange or had an orange case.

“The park is popular with joggers, dog-walkers, children who use the playground facilities, and children and adults who use the sports facilities next to the playground.”

Prospect Park has been at the centre of numerous police investigations over the years, including the murder of Mary Ann Leneghan and a shooting in 2016.

DS Streeter continued: "If anyone saw or heard anything unusual in the park on Monday afternoon, or saw a man matching the description of the offender in the vicinity of the park or Waverley Road please come forward.

“Even if you think the information you have is insignificant we still want to hear from you. The easiest way to contact us is by calling 101 or by visiting your nearest police station quoting reference number 43170074261.

“We would urge anyone using the park to be extra vigilant at this time.

“Police officers and staff will be carrying out additional patrols in the area so if you have any concerns, questions or information to provide please speak to them.”