Welwyn Garden City sex assault: Victim was taken in car after attack, say police

PUBLISHED: 14:31 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 01 August 2013

A cordon was still standing on Tuesday morning

A cordon was still standing on Tuesday morning

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A SEXUAL assault victim was attacked by a complete stranger as she walked along the street, police have revealed.

The victim, in her 20s, had been walking in the Hollybush Lane area when a man struck her and forced her to the ground.

She was sexually assaulted near the garages in front of Hollybush House.

The attacker struck at some point between 9.30pm and 12.20am.

Police today (Thursday) revealed the victim is thought to have been taken in a nearby car after the alleged assault, and dropped close to the QE2 Hospital, in Howlands, Welwyn Garden City.

She is understood to have been in the vehicle with her attacker and a black male, who was driving.

Police are appealing for information and are looking for the car described as a “small-to-medium sized, dark-coloured five-door vehicle”.

A police spokesman said today: “Police investigating the incident have been conducting extensive house-to-house enquiries in the area and the victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything unusual in the Hollybush Lane area on Monday evening.”

The attacker is described as white, with an English accent.

He had short dark hair and was of slim build.

The man was also described as wearing a white gym top with dark lines under the arms and black jeans.

Detective Inspector Tom Leeks, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary in the area on Monday night to contact police as soon as possible.

“Or if you saw a man of this description in the area please also get in touch immediately.

“I am also keen to trace a small-to-medium sized, dark-coloured five-door vehicle that was seen in the area at the time.”

Police are knocking on doors to find out more about the assault and the victim is being supported by specialist officers.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555111.


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