16-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Hollywood Bowl birthday party

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The company said it would launch an internal investigation into the incident
The company said it would launch an internal investigation into the incident. (Google Maps)

A 16-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted at a ten pin bowling alley while celebrating a birthday party.  

Officers were called to the Hollywood Bowl in Broughton Lane, Sheffield, last Monday night to reports of an indecent assault.

A teenage girl had been stopped from entering a toilet by three male youths, two of whom touched her "inappropriately over the clothing," South Yorkshire Police said.

The third was then stopped by security and when officers attended, he provided the names and addresses of the other two. 

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“With the agreement of the victim’s mother, the three youths were dealt with via a Community Resolution and are barred from attending Hollywood Bowl in future,” the police added. 

However, the girl's mother - who is not identified - told the Sheffield Star that staff initially suggested that the matter could be dealt with internally.

The mother has claimed that the staff offered the girl free passes and vouchers as they encouraged them not to make a formal complaint. 

She said she has written to Hollywood Bowl bosses requesting an investigation into how the incident was handled by staff. 

Her letter reportedly said: “It is extremely worrying that your staff are playing down these types of incidents and trying to encourage victims not to make official complaints by offering free passes and vouchers.”

A Hollywood Bowl spokesperson confirmed police are investigating the incident. "We are taking this incident very seriously and are giving the police our full support and co-operation with their ongoing investigation", the company said in a statement to Yahoo News UK.

"We are also conducting an internal review into the incident at the centre."

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