Warning After Woman Followed And Grabbed In Bristol

20 October 2018, 08:13 | Updated: 20 October 2018, 08:15

Police

A woman has been grabbed by a man who then tried to drag her into a side road as she walked home from a night out in Bristol.

Police believe he had followed the 22-year-old from Clifton Triangle to Whiteladies Road. They say she managed to escape without serious injury and phone them.
 
This happened at about 4:45am on Sunday 14th October around the junction of Whiteladies Road, Queens Road and Queens Avenue.
 
The victim has described her attacker as a white man, about 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build and slightly bald. He was wearing a black coat.
 
Detective Inspector James Wasiak said: "We’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man matching this description acting suspiciously or loitering in the area of the Triangle. If you saw anything or have any information which could help please get in touch, quoting reference 5218229921."
 
Bristol has "purple flag" status and is considered a safe place to go for a night out but Avon and Somerset police are reminding people to plan how they're getting home and look after their friends.
 
They have given the following advice.
 
If you feel unsafe while walking home:
  • trust your instincts
  • let someone know where you are
  • walk confidently
  • cross the road, checking behind you, and if someone crosses the road after you, keep moving
  • head for a busy, well-lit place such as a shop or petrol station and, if necessary, call 101
  • in an emergency, always call 999
 
You can find more advice HERE