Man tries to force woman into car

Police looking for a man who tried to force a woman into a car in Cheltenham have released an e-fit of a suspect they want to speak to.

It happened in Hewlett Road between 3.30am and 3.50am on Sunday November 14.

The woman was grabbed by a man who tried to bundle her into a car parked near the Fiery Angel Pub, on the junction of Albion Street and Duke Street.

the 26 year old managed to get away and the offender got into the vehicle and is believed to have driven up Duke Street.

She suffered minor injuries to her hand during the incident.

PC Andy Halford from Cheltenham CID is investigating, he said:

“Fortunately the woman was not seriously injured but she was left very shaken and upset.

“Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the town and we are doing all we can to trace the offender.

“People should not be unduly worried but we would like to take this opportunity to remind people to consider their personal safety.

“If you are out late at night try to avoid walking alone and stick to well lit routes.”

The offender is described as a white man aged in his late thirties and clean shaven.  He was wearing jeans and a dark jumper.

Officers are still trying to trace a possible witness who was seen to drive into Duke Street between 3.45am and 3.50am and may have seen the offending vehicle driving without any lights on.

If you recognise this image or have any information you should contact police on 0845 090 1234 quoting incident 114 of November 14 alternatively you can remain anonymous and call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 .

If you would like further information about personal safety please visit the constabulary website at www.gloucestershire.police.uk and go to the crime reduction pages.

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