Friday, 22 March 2013

COMMUNITY NOTICE: WOMAN ASSAULTED LEAVING EARLEY TRAIN STATION

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an 18-year-old woman was assaulted by a man shortly after leaving Earley train station.
The victim left the train station and was walking along Henley Wood Road at about 8.30pm on Sunday (17/3), when she noticed a man walking behind her.

As she turned into Lambourne Gardens, the man grabbed her from behind and pulled her back into Henley Wood Road.

After a short struggle the victim managed to free herself and the man ran off towards the Henley Wood Road underpass.

The victim raised the alarm at a nearby property.

The offender was white with a pale complexion, aged late thirties to early forties, of slim build, with dark hair and he was wearing dark clothing.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Carl Bradford, of Loddon Valley CID, said: “I would like to reassure the public that we are carrying out a full investigation into this incident and have officers currently working on a number of lines of enquiry.

“The victim showed great bravery in fighting off the offender and although she was not harmed she is obviously traumatised by the incident, so we are offering her all the support she needs.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man matching the description, either in the area or heading towards Woodley following the incident, to come forward.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious or unusual in the area of Henley Wood Road, Lambourne Gardens and Wokingham Road.

“If you have information on the man’s identity or have seen anything which could assist our inquiry, please call us via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and quote URN 1328 of 17 March 2013.”

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at
crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.