Fresh appeal over sex attack

POLICE are renewing their appeals for information after an 18-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a courtyard off St Augustine's Street in Norwich.

POLICE are renewing their appeals for information after an 18-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a courtyard off St Augustine's Street in Norwich.

The attack happened e between 2am and 2.30am on Saturday when the woman was walking home from the city along St Augustine's Street after a night out.

She was at the traffic lights when a man started chatting to her before pushing her into Bakers Road and into a courtyard behind some premises.

Afterwards the woman ran back into St Augustine's Street and flagged down a passing car which did initially stop but then continued on its journey. She then approached two passers-by who stopped and called the police on her behalf.

Her attacker was white and between 40 and 50 years old. He is thought to have been of medium build with blond shaven or balding hair. He was wearing a red top and jeans.

He was between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins.

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The victim has been left feeling very distressed by the attack but has not suffered serious injury. Police have stepped up patrols of the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, who is in charge of the enquiry, is making key appeals for:

Anyone who saw a man answering the description of the offender in the area to contact police. He said the St Augustine's Street is a busy area and the nearby Catherine's Wheel Pub was still open at the time of the attack, so someone might have seen something which could be important

The driver and passengers of the vehicle which briefly stopped at the scene to contact police. They may have seen the attacker in the area and may have important information.

DCI Fry said: “I am extremely keen to hear from anyone who saw the offender in the area and I am particularly interested in tracing the occupants of the car which stopped.

“An incident like this one is unusual and we have a team of detectives working on this case.

”Uniform patrols will be increased in the area to provide a reassuring presence.

“In addition we have carried out a detailed search of the scene and are currently conducting house to house enquiries.”

Anyone with information should call 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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