A 12-year-old girl has been abducted and sexually assaulted during a five-hour daylight ordeal in Newcastle in bushland next to a public school.
The girl was walking through Hudson Park in the suburb of Adamstown Heights just after 9.15am on Tuesday when she was threatened with a knife by a man who sexually assaulted her, police said.
She was then forced into a red car and driven to bushland where she was sexually assaulted for several hours before being released at Kotara Railway Station just before 2.15pm.
Police were called when the girl returned home and she was taken to John Hunter Hospital for medical examination.
A crime scene was established at Hudson Park next to Belair Public School while Newcastle police and the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced inquiries.
The man is described as being of a solid/large build with brown hair.
Police urged anyone who was in the Adamstown Heights area or anyone with information that may assist to contact Crime Stoppers.