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14 July 2013, 06:00
Officers in Houghton Regis are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 16 year-old girl was subjected to a sexual assault as she was walking her dog in Houghton Regis.
The incident happened in Windsor field, just off Windsor Drive, on July 2 at approximately 1.30pm when a man on a silver mountain bike approached her.
The man began a conversation with the victim and during the ordeal kissed the victim and grabbed her inappropriately before exposing himself.
The victim managed to leave the scene and was able to run home where she reported the incident.
The man is described as black, 5’4” tall, 20 – 25 years old with an average build and a short black beard. His hair was black and in cane rows which met at the top of his head – giving a pineapple appearance. He wore a light blue polo shirt and light coloured jeans.
The officer in charge of this investigation, Detective Constable Phil Raikes is keen to trace anyone who may have seen a man matching this description in the area.
DC Raikes said: "This was a shocking experience for the victim who is only 16 year of age and I would urge anyone who saw someone matching this description in the area or anyone who may have been approached by a similar person to contact the police as soon as possible.
This is an unusual incident but as a precaution women should remain vigilant, remain in busy areas when out and about and report any suspicious activity to the police without delay."
Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Raikes at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394338, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.