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Serious Sexual Assault In York

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8:10am 24th June 2013

Police investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in The Groves area of York are asking for help to trace the rider of a mountain bike.

The blue and white Apollo XC26, which has black paint on the frame, was recovered by officers as part of the inquiry into the attack on the victim who is aged in her 20s.

Police say they believe the rider of the mountain bike could have key information about the incident, which occurred in a small residential car park off Garden Street at about 5pm on Thursday 13 June 2013.

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, of York CID, said: “The blue and white Apollo XC26 mountain bike is one of a number of lines of enquiry that we are pursuing as we work to determine the full circumstances of the incident.

“We need to find out who owns the mountain bike or who had access to it on or around the day in question, Thursday 13 June.

“The bike itself has black paint splashed on the frame. We don’t know if it had been in this condition for some time or if it had been done more recently, possibly to hide the identity of the bike. What we do know is that we have not had any reports of a mountain bike matching its description reported stolen.

“We are appealing to anyone with information about this bike, or individuals connected to it – particularly the rider on Thursday 13 June - to come forward to the police without delay.”

Police say that enquiries at the scene on Thursday evening - one week after the incident - received a good response from the public. They add that appeal leaflets were handed out to passers-by and posted to local houses and businesses.

Students from the nearby York St John University have also been asked by police to come forward with any information. 

If you can help regarding the mountain bike appeal or you have any information that could assist the investigation, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and ask for Force Control Room.

If you would prefer not to give your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12130096413.

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