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Search for man who sexually assaulted woman on Horsham footpath

31 Oct, 2017 15:13 News Witness Appeals

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a young woman on a Horsham footpath.

The 20-year-old local woman was walking along the footpath, which runs alongside some duckponds between Depot Road and Harwood Road, Horsham, at about 7.10pm on Sunday (29 October) when she was attacked from behind by the man who forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

She struggled and the man ran off. He may have been distracted by the sound of a vehicle nearby.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises in the struggle but did not need hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as white and in his 30's, with rough skin and large hands. He was wearing a hooded top which had drawstrings from the hood, muddy white plastic-type trainers, a dark grey scarf frayed at the edges around his face and black latex-type gloves.

Detective Constable Karen Young said; "This appears to be an isolated incident for the area. We have received no other such reports.

"The victim was very distressed by the incident and we need to identify this man as soon as possible.

"If you were in the area of the duckponds between Depot Road and Harwood Road early that Sunday evening, and saw a man of this description, or have any other information, please contact us online or call 101, quoting serial 1201 of 29/10."

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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