Gloucestershire

Police 'considering' sexual assault link in Gloucestershire

Robert Burns Avenue in Cheltenham
Image caption A man wearing a balaclava attacked a woman on Robert Burns Avenue in Cheltenham on 18 February

Officers investigating an attempted rape in Gloucestershire are "considering" the possibility of links with a number of similar attacks.

A man wearing a balaclava attempted to seriously sexually assault a woman on Robert Burns Avenue in Cheltenham on 18 February, at about 18:40 GMT.

A 42-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape but released on bail pending inquiries.

Police are re-appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The woman was walking along the road when she was attacked and dragged from the footpath into a wooded area, a police spokesman said.

'Traumatic ordeal'

But the attacker, who is described as white, around 5ft 10in (1.77m) tall and wearing a "dirty" blue hooded top, was disturbed and ran off into a nearby park.

Three other sexual assaults over the last 18 months in Cheltenham, Innsworth and Gloucester are still being investigated by officers as part of Operation Abbeymead.

Det Ch Insp Alastair Stenner said: "It's a very scary and traumatic ordeal and we desperately need to find out who has committed this offence.

"Nobody has been charged. We still need to hear from members of the public with information.

"I'm not formally linking any of the jobs [similar attacks] at this time but that's a possibility we're considering."

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