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5 August 2013, 11:34 | Updated: 5 August 2013, 11:40
Detectives in Dunstable are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 29 year old woman was subjected to an indecent assault over the weekend.
The incident happened between 3.40am and 4.25am on Sunday morning, August 4, as the woman was making her way home after a night out.
The victim became aware of a man following her and as she reached Bullpond Lane at its junction with Hawthorne Close before he grabbed and pushed her against a wall. The victim shouted for help and screamed as the man repeatedly tried to touch her inappropriately over her clothing.
After a short time the man ran from the scene.
The man is described as black, 5’5” tall, with a chunky build, short dark hair and wore black trousers, black top, and black trainers.
The officer in charge of this investigation, Detective Constable Samantha Toombs, is keen to trace anyone who saw the man in the area prior to the assault or anyone who heard shouts in the area.
DC Toombs said: “The victim had made her way from High Street North and she first noticed the man following her in Garden Road. Once she realised he was behind her she quickened her pace which was mirrored by the offender. It is possible that other people who were out that night saw the man in the Garden Road area or saw him following the victim – I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious that night to come forward and speak with the police, in confidence.”
She continued: “This type of crime is extremely rare; however, we would always advise people who are out and about late at night to follow some simple crime reduction advice to help keep themselves safe.”