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17 November 2014, 07:29
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted in Oxford.
At around 2pm on Saturday 15 November the victim, a man in his thirties, was walking with another man along the towpath close to Folly Bridge and the Head of the River public house when they walked past a man who started calling out homophobic abuse at them.
When the pair tried to walk away, the offender ran his hands over the victim’s side and shoulder and pressed himself up against the victim’s body.
The offender is white, in his forties, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of skinny build wearing several layers of clothing and a blue coat with short, greyish hair. He is described as looking dirty and dishevelled, possibly being homeless.
Investigating officer, PC Alex Shepherd said: “This incident happened at a busy time of day with people around, including several on bikes. There was some shouting, which would have drawn attention.
“If you witnessed this incident, please do contact police as your information would be of assistance to the investigation.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information that can assist the investigation should contact PC Alex Shepherd of Thames Valley Police via the 24-hour Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at the Crimestoppers website. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.