Appeal for witnesses following sexual assault – Oxford
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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault that happened last night in the Cowley Road area of Oxford.
At around 12.45am today (11/11) a woman was walking along Bartlemass Road, when she was approached by a man, who said he would walk her home.
The victim wished for the man to leave her alone so she sat down by a parked car. At which point he has also sat down by her and sexually assaulted her under her clothing.
A member of public disturbed the offender, and helped the victim.
The offender then made off.
The offender is described as a white man, between 30 and 50 years old, with dark brown or black hair. His hair was shaggy and came down over his ears and came down to his neck. It appeared greasy and unkempt.
He was of slim build, around 6ft tall, wearing dark coloured trousers and a dark coloured jumper. He was carrying with him a white plastic pipe about 3ft to 4ft in length.
Senior Investigating officer, Detective Inspector James Mather, said: “This was a traumatic incident for the victim and she is being supported by specially trained officers.
“We are carrying out a thorough investigation in order to trace the offender in this case.
“We are appealing for the public’s assistance and would ask anyone with information to please to come forward.
“Additionally if you have CCTV or may have been travelling along Bartlemass or Cowley Road between 12.30am and 12.50am this morning (11/11) and may have captured anything that could help our investigation then please do get in touch.
“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 43210509575 or they can also report online using the same reference.
“If you wish to report anonymously you can do so by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
“We are aware that this incident may cause some concern within the community. Patrols will be increased in the East Oxford area and we would advise anyone with concerns to please speak to one of our uniformed officers or if they have any information to please share it.”