17-Year Old Assaulted in Watford

4 October 2010, 06:19 | Updated: 4 October 2010, 06:22

A 17 year old female has been assaulted in Watford over the weekend.

The incident happened at around 12:30 on Sunday morning.

The victim left Watford Met train station and was walking along Shepherds Road when a man approached her from behind and assaulted her.

He is described as white, in his early twenties and is around 5ft 8 inches tall with short hair.

He was wearing an old man's flat cap, a waist length brown jacket and dark trousers.

Detective Constable Veronica Reeve, who is investigating the incident, said:

“Fortunately this type of incident is a rare occurrence in Watford , however this was an unprovoked attack on a young female which has understandably frightened the victim and left her shaken. We know there were people in the Shepherds Road / train station area at the time of the incident and I would urge anyone who was there may have seen or heard anything to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“Do you recognise the description of the male? If you have any information at all no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is, I would urge you to contact us as it could greatly assist with our investigation.”

If you have information you can contact Dc Reeve via 0845 33 00 222 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting C1/10/5503.

Police have issued the following safety guidelines to help keep safe at night:

  • Plan your route. It is important to look confident about where you are going. At night try to keep to well-lit, busy roads and avoid taking short-cuts. Be aware of what is going on around you. Whenever possible, walk with a friend.
  • Buy a personal alarm. They are cheap and available from most DIY stores. Carry it in your hand so that you can use it immediately.
  • Cover up any expensive looking jewellery and put your house keys in your pocket. If you are carrying a bag, keep it close to you with the opening facing inwards. If someone grabs your bag, let it go. Remember your safety is more important than property.
  • Walk on the side of the road which faces oncoming traffic. If you hear someone walking behind you, look to see who it is before they reach you. If you think someone is following you, cross the street to check. If you are still worried go to the nearest place which is well-lit or busy and call the police.
  • If a vehicle pulls up next to you keep a distance away from the vehicle. If you feel threatened, get away from the vehicle as quickly as you can. If possible remember details about the vehicle (make, colour, number plate) and contact the police.
  • Remember you can’t hear traffic, or people approaching you, when you wear a personal stereo.
  • Never accept a lift from someone you don’t know or don’t feel comfortable with. And never hitch hike.
  • If you always walk, jog or cycle a regular route try to make variations and go at different times. Keep to well-lit, busy paths and avoid wooded areas.