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Police Appeal Following Alleged Assault on the Epsom Road

Published on: 26 Apr, 2012
Updated on: 26 Apr, 2012

Detectives in Guildford are appealing for information from members of the public following a sexual assault in which a 19-year-old woman was touched inappropriately by a man.

The incident happened in Merrow as the teenager walked along the Epsom Road in the early hours of Tuesday, 17 April. The victim had been out clubbing in the town with friends, when she set off alone to make her way home.

As the clubber walked away from the town, she became aware of a man on the other side of the road, walking towards Guildford. He crossed the road to be on the same pavement and attempted to engage in conversation sometime between 2.30am and 3am.

The suspect, on being ignored, went on to touch the woman inappropriately with force. The victim shouted and attempted to get away, but the offender released his grip when a car approached driving towards the town centre. He made off, walking at speed towards Guildford.

The suspect is described as an Asian man, aged in his mid twenties and 5ft 8” tall. He was wearing a dark green hooded top, with the hood up and jeans.

Detective Constable Andy Greaves investigating said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for a young woman who was walking along a quiet residential street after an enjoyable night out with friends. She was subjected to an assault by an unknown man and is aware that the passing motorist prompted her assailant to flee.

“I need to hear from the driver of that vehicle and anyone else who might have information which could lead me to this offender and help bring him to justice. Please call Surrey Police with any details.”

Neighbourhood Commander Chief Inspector Matt Goodridge said: “This is an isolated incident and is a rare offence in Guildford. I want residents and visitors alike to continue to enjoy the facilities the town has to offer but advise, as always, that they plan ahead and organise transport home, travelling together in order to ensure everyone’s continuing safety. Please don’t put yourself at risk or fear by heading home alone.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference GD/12/3599 or contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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