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21 January 2011, 09:57 | Updated: 21 January 2011, 09:59
Police in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an assault in the Fordington area of the town.
The incident, in which a man grabbed a 23-year-old woman and pushed her against a wall, happened at around 10pm on Sunday, 16 January 2010.
The victim, from Dorchester, sustained minor injuries to her face. She did not require medical treatment.
Inspector Les Fry, of Dorchester police, said: "Fortunately, the victim was able to struggle away from the attacker and run off toward the nearby police station.
"Officers immediately searched the surrounding area."
The offender is white, aged in his late teens or early twenties, between five feet eight inches and six feet tall, with short dark hair. He was clean shaven and has thick eyebrows.
He was wearing a plain black hooded top with the hood up, dark blue jeans and dark trainers at the time of the incident.
Inspector Fry continued: "This was a very unusual incident to take place in Dorchester and we are determined to trace the man responsible for this distressing incident.
"Anyone who witnessed this assault, and anyone with any information about the offender, is urged to contact Dorset Police immediately."
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01305 22 22 22 quoting incident number 16:458. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.