Serious Sexual Assault in Gloucester – Appeal for Information
May 3 2012
Police are appealing for information after a serious sexual assault in Gloucester last night.
The incident happened near West Lodge Drive in the Coney Hill area at around 10.30pm on Wednesday May 2.
A 20-year-old woman was attacked as she walked along a grassed area behind The Clock Tower. The offender tried to grab the woman’s handbag before pushing her to the ground and carrying out the serious sexual assault. He ran off in the direction of The Clock Tower.
The offender is described as being 6ft tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing including a baggy hoodie which was raised over his head and pulled tight.
Officers are appealing for calls from people who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously along the woman’s route from Huntley Close, past the The Turmut Hoer pub and Tesco Express in Abbeymead and into the Kimberland Way estate.
Detective Inspector Steve Bean said: “We’ve got specially trained officers at the scene and detectives in the area carrying out extensive inquiries.
“The victim has been at the county’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre and is being supported by officers and our partner agencies.
“This area is a very safe place to live but I am sure this incident will shock the community.
“The local policing team are available if people wish to discuss their concerns via the 101 number.
“If you have information about this crime or witnessed suspicious activity in the area then please also call us on 101 straight away, quoting incident 459 of May 2."
DI Bean had this advice for people in the area: “We do not want to cause any unnecessary alarm or distress but we are urging people to be aware of their personal safety. Don’t walk home alone at night, try to get a taxi or stay with friends.
“If you are walking home then always choose well-lit routes and avoid alleyways or shortcuts. Be aware of your surroundings and of anyone who may be acting suspiciously. Do not engage in conversations with strangers and if you are concerned for your safety then contact the police.”
Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. In some cases Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1000 where information leads to a conviction.