Gloucestershire sex attacks
Appeal for information about three sex attacks that occurred in Gloucestershire.
|Fact title||Fact data|
|Crime date||30 November 2011, 19 January 2012 and 2 May 2012|
|Nature of crime||Rape, Sexual Assault|
|Where||Welch Road playing fields, Cheltenham; Innsworth, Gloucester and Coney Hill, Gloucester|
|Incident room number||01452 754100|
Police investigating three sex attacks over a period of six months fear they could be linked.
Although they can't be absolutely certain the same person has committed them, the level of violence used in each crime means police are anxious to catch the person/people responsible.
The most recent offence happened on Wednesday 2 May. A 20-year-old woman was raped in a park area near the Clock Tower, near West Lodge Drive in the Coney Hill area of Gloucester.
The woman had spent the earlier part of the evening at a friend's house. At approximately 11pm, they both walked to the Clock Tower together and she carried on through the park alone.
She was wearing the hood of her coat pulled up tight. A man approached her from behind and tried to grab her handbag. He then grabbed her by the throat and pulled her to the ground, punching her in the head.
She was raped and became unconscious. He ran off in the direction of the Clock Tower. When she came round she ran to a nearby house to sound the alarm.
The second attack happened on 19 January this year, at approximately 6.45pm. A 16-year-old girl was walking through the Innsworth housing estate, Gloucester.
She began to walk over the footbridge that crosses the A40 and runs between Penrose Road, Innsworth and Evergreen Walk, Longlevens.
She was approached by a man, who then dragged her back underneath the bridge. He threatened to stab her if she didn't do as he said. He punched her to the face and sexually assaulted her. The girl passed out.
When she came round, the offender was shining the light from her mobile phone in her face. He then ran off, taking the mobile phone with him.
The first attack was on the evening of 30 November last year. An 18-year-old woman alighted a bus at Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham.
At approximately 8.10pm she was walking through nearby Welch Road playing fields, heading towards the Springbank Community Centre.
She was grabbed from behind by a man who dragged her to a bank, where he sexually assaulted her. He ran off in the direction from where he came, away from the community centre.
- Description of attacker/s: In all three cases, the man was wearing dark clothing. In the first two attacks, he was wearing a balaclava. In the most recent case, he was wearing a hooded top which covered his face. In all three incidents, the offender was around 5ft 10in to 6ft tall, of stocky build with a local accent.
- It is likely that the person/people who carried out these attacks would have been acting strangely. If you think you might know who is responsible, get in touch with police.
- Stolen phone: After the second attack, the attacker stole the victim's mobile phone - an Orange Stockholm phone. Where is it now?
- Witnesses: Were you in the areas of the attacks on the nights they happened? Police want to hear from anyone who has not yet come forward.
- Reward: There is a £5,000 reward being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.