Torquay Fans Could Have Vital Information

27 April 2013, 06:00

Police in Gloucestershire are appealing to Torquay United supporters for their help with an investigation into an attempted serious sexual assault in Brunswick Street in Cheltenham.

The assault happened between 3.30am and 4am on Sunday February 3. The evening before (Saturday February 2) Cheltenham Town Football Club had played Torquay United at home.

Investigating officer's have now released an artist's impression of the suspect and are asking Torquay United fans that visited Cheltenham for the match to think back to the night of the attack and if they recognise the man involved. 

The 22-years-old victim was walking along Brunswick Street when she was approached by a man who asked her for directions. He then pushed her, attempted to remove her clothes and sexually assaulted her before he ran off. 

Detective Sergeant Nigel Hatten, who is leading the investigation, said: 

"This was a harrowing attack for the victim and we are determined to find the man responsible and bring him to justice. We've been carrying out a thorough investigation since that day and doing everything we can, but we really do need the public's help. We've taken the unusual step of having an artist's impression of the suspect created to help jog memories. Please take a look at the image and think if he seems familiar, perhaps you saw him out that night if you'd been in Cheltenham following the match. Even if you are not 100% sure we would much rather have the name and be able to rule them out than miss the opportunity to see this man put before the courts." 

Anyone who recognises the man from the artist's impression or who has any information at all about the crime should call Gloucestershire Police by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 116 of April 22.

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