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The latest on a Sex Attack in York

The latest on a Sex Attack in York

12:37pm 23rd February 2010
(Updated 6:39pm 23rd February 2010)

North Yorkshire Police have released an E-fit of the man thought to be behind a sex attack on a teenager in York on Saturday.

The incident occurred in a mounded area of a field which links Westfield Place and Grange Lane in  Acomb at some time between 6.50pm and 8pm

The 18 year old  was approached from behind by an unknown man who pulled her towards bushes. She suffered scratches, cuts and bruises to her face and body in the attack.

The woman had travelled to Acomb on the No.1 First Bus which left the City Centre at 6.45pm.

She got off the bus at 7  at the junction of Askham Lane and Ridgeway before walking down Grange Lane before turning left, entering a field and along the path by the side of Westfield School WHERE she was attacked.

Officers would like to talk to anyone who was on that bus as they may have some crucial information.

The victim was able to give a detailed description. He was described as a white man, 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.

Det Supt Raw  is leading the investigation and says  she has shown real courage to provide a detailed account and description of the suspect to the police.

“She can be assured, along with her family and the wider community, that we are doing everything possible to catch the suspect and bring him to justice.”

There has been a heavy police presence in the Acomb area as the investigation continues. Extra police patrols are also being carried out to reassure local residents.

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