Caterham: Sex Attack

22 October 2016, 12:04 | Updated: 22 October 2016, 12:08

A woman in her 40s has been dragged into woods in Caterham and sexually assaulted as she walked home.

The attack happened on Wednesday, 12th October, but Surrey Police have only just released details.

The woman got off a bus at Caterham train station at around 10pm. She then walked along Harestone Valley Road before turning into Weald Way. As she walked, the woman was suddenly dragged from behind into a wooded area and seriously sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a man in his 50s with dark hair down to his ears. He was wearing a white short sleeved t-shirt with two stripes on the sleeve and dark coloured bottoms.

Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Ross Linaker said: “No one should ever be subject to such an awful ordeal which has left this woman feeling violated, scared and upset.

“We are continuing to do everything we can to track this man down, but we still need your help - Did you see someone matching the description acting suspiciously or were you in the area around the time of the incident? No matter how insignificant the information you have may seem, please call us as this could really help in finding this man.

“I also want to take this time to reassure the public that we are and will always do everything we possibly can to track down offenders and will always aim to bring justice to all involved.”

Police have asked anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously around the time of the attack to contact them. They say no matter how small the information, it could help bring the offender to justice and bring closure to the victim.

They also want to hear from anyone who saw the victim either on the bus or on her way home.