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Sexual Assault In High Town Hereford

Colin James

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Police are appealing for information about a sexual assault in Hereford as a woman was using a cash machine.

It happened outside the HSBC Bank in High Town, at about 2.35am on Saturday, 31st August.

The 21-year-old victim had withdrawn some money when she was grabbed from behind and pulled to the ground but managed to get the man off her and get to her phone to call 999 at which point the man then ran off through High Town in the direction of Commercial Street.

She described him as Asian, 5ft 6ins in height, of slim to average build and with short dark brown hair.

At 12.45am on Monday, 2nd September, police were alerted to a man seen acting suspiciously near a woman using the cash machine at the Natwest Bank in Commercial Street. A man was arrested nearby, but police are trying to trace the woman.

Detective Constable Mel Reynolds of West Mercia Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses to the first incident when the town was quite busy, despite the time of night. Pubs and clubs were closing and there were lots of taxis in the area at the time.

“We are also trying to trace the woman in the second incident as she may have information which would be of benefit to the inquiry.”

A man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and is currently on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Reynolds at Hereford CID on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incidents 94-s-310813 or 17-s-020913 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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I notice that this story, circulated to members of the public who register with the WM Police for their Blogtrott circulation has not yet made the HT website. This happens quite often particularly when the Police are asking for witnesses etc.

It's good to see that Colin is once again taking the lead.

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