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Manhunt underway for a sex attacker in York

Manhunt underway for a sex attacker in York

6:42am 22nd February 2010
(Updated 6:39pm 23rd February 2010)

A city wide man-hunts underway after an 18 year old woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in York.

The attack happened on Saturday evening between 6.50pm and 8pm in a field which links Westfield Place and Grange Lane in Acomb.

House to house inquiries are underway and police ptrols in the area stepped-up.

No one's been arrested but police do have a detailed description of the man.

He's described as white, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 5in to 5ft 8in tall, medium build, dark cropped hair and facial features that included thin lips and a rounded chin with stubble. He has a deep voice and a local Yorkshire accent. He was wearing a dark-coloured Puffa-style jacket and light-coloured bottoms.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Raw, who is leading the investigation said “This type of incident is rare in a safe place like York, but the victim and her family can be assured that North Yorkshire Police will do everything possible to catch the suspect and bring him to justice.

“The investigation is following a number of lines of enquiry at this time. An important aspect of this is an appeal for potential witnesses or anyone with information that could help the police enquiry to come forward as soon as possible.

“In particular, the description of the suspect is very detailed and I am hoping this will lead us to the man in question. Please, if this has raised suspicion on a certain individual, then you must contact the police or Crimestoppers without delay.”

The victim suffered scratches, cuts and bruises to her face and body in the attack. She has been left very shaken by the ordeal. She is being cared for by her family and police officers while the investigation continues.

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