Police step up patrols to reassure community following sexual assault in Evesham - The Evesham Observer

Police step up patrols to reassure community following sexual assault in Evesham

Evesham Editorial 18th Apr, 2017 Updated: 19th Apr, 2017   0

A WOMAN has been left ‘very disturbed’ after she was sexually assaulted as she was walking along a street in Evesham.

The 28-year-old victim was assaulted between 6.45pm and 7.15pm on Saturday, April 8 whilst walking towards Spinney Grove from Four Pools Lane.

She was approached by a man who touched her inappropriately over her clothes and then grabbed her by the arm.

She then turned around and saw a man who was exposing himself and performing a lewd act.

The 28-year-old victim walked away from the scene of the assault.

Following the assault, additional police patrols are taking place in the area to try and reassure the community, identify the offender and prevent any further incidents.

West Mercia Police are also appealing to trace a man and woman, believed to be in their 40s or 50s, who were seen walking along the footpath at the time of the assault and it’s believed they disturbed the offender who hid in the bushes.

The offender is described as a white man in his twenties, 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a maroon and black hooded top with the hood up and light blue trousers.

Det Sgt Samantha Bache said: “We would like to speak to the man and woman, and anyone else who was in the area at the time, as they may have information about the identity of the offender.

“Fortunately the young woman was not physically injured, but was very disturbed by the incident and we would like to find the offender as soon as possible so that he does not commit further offences.

“Whilst this type of incident is rare we would like to remind women to be vigilant when walking alone in secluded places and be aware of people around them.  Plan your route carefully and try to make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be there.  It’s also a good idea to carry a personal safety alarm, and know how to use it, and a mobile phone to call for help if you need it. Don’t have this on display though.  If you see anyone acting suspiciously, or if anyone behaves inappropriately, report it to police”.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call West Mercia police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident 359S of April 11.

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