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Warning after sex-attack on teenager

Posted on January 25 2011 at 3:12:54

A second sex attack in Bromsgrove – this time on a teenager – has led to a new warning from police for women take extra care.

It happened at about 10.30pm last Friday in an alley off Worcester Road at the rear of the Kwik Fit centre.

The 18-year-old victim was grabbed by a man and pushed against a wall but managed to fend him off and run from the scene. The offender made off in the direction of Worcester Road.

The woman was not injured but was left extremely shaken.

Her attacker was a white man aged in his late 30s or early 40s who was around 5 feet 6 inches tall and unshaven. He was wearing a dark coloured, hooded top, with the hood pulled up.

Det Insp Jon Marsden of Bromsgrove CID said today: “Fortunately the woman was able to fight him off and escape but she was naturally terrified and it’s very important we trace the person responsible as soon as possible.

“Someone may have seen the offender hanging around in that area beforehand or making from the scene and if they only caught a glimpse of someone there we’d still be interested in hearing from them.

“Obviously we also want to speak to anyone who may have any information about this incident or suspects who might be responsible.”

It is the second attack on a woman in Bromsgrove in recent weeks, following on from an incident early on January 8 when a woman was grabbed from behind in Dawson Road by a man wearing a hooded top and balaclava.

He ran off after she and another woman she was with screamed. Police are not directly linking the attacks but are keeping an open mind on whether they are connected.

Police are to increase high visibility patrols around the town centre in the evenings this weekend and women are being advised to be mindful of their personal safety if they are going out.

Det Insp Marsden said: “We would advise women not to take short cuts through parks or local alleyways during the evening, to keep to well-lit streets and walk with friends or in view of other people whenever possible. If you have to walk alone then you should let someone know of your movements in advance and keep in contact by phone.

“Women should also consider carrying a personal alarm and if you get one make sure you know how to use it. Ideally you should organise a lift or book a cab or taxi in advance if you are going out for the evening - or call a licensed cab company from the pub, club or party and arrange for them to collect you.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about Friday’s attack, or the assault on January 8, should call DI Marsden on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident reference 442-S-220111, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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