Weston attempted rape
Avon and Somerset police want to trace the man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in Weston-super-Mare before running off.
|Fact title||Fact data|
|Crime date||Sunday 17 June 2012|
|Nature of crime||Sexual assault|
|Contact||Avon and Somerset Police|
|Incident room number||01934 638152|
Early on Sunday 17 June 2012, a young woman who had been enjoying a night out with friends left a bar on Oxford Street in Weston-super-Mare to head home.
It was a dry summer's morning on Father's Day and after saying goodbye to friends she made her way along Winterstoke Road towards Waitrose and Asda.
The victim was hoping to get a lift with a friend, but after being unable to reach them on her phone she continued walking.
At around 5:24am she passed Searle Crescent heading towards to cycle path that leads to Hutton Moor playing fields.
At 5:36am the woman could be seen walking along the footpath on CCTV. She was carrying her shoes as her feet were hurting.
She continued walking towards Hutton Moor but as she looked back she saw a male walking behind her on the right hand side. She looked at the male but he didn't look at her or acknowledge her so she kept walking.
A few seconds later she was grabbed around the throat by an arm and a male voice told her not to scream. The victim was pulled across the path towards and into the bushes where he attempted to rape her.
The man dragged her to the ground and then seemed to have second thoughts. He moved backwards and said: "Sorry I can't do this." He then said: "Me and my girlfriend have argued and split up", before running off in the direction that he had come from.
The young woman was so scared that the attacker might come back she stayed in the bushes for about 10 minutes. She remembers seeing a cyclist and a jogger going past but they didn't see her.
She eventually got out of the bushes and sat on the railings for a while before deciding to walk off. As she walked she met a man who was walking along the path. He put his coat around her and phoned for a taxi to take her to the police station.
When detectives visited the scene they found a distinctive hoodie that the female believed the offender was wearing.
The burgundy hooded top was made in February 2010 for a Rock group called Fightstar on their Be Human Tour. The tops were sold in February 2010 at concert venues in Cardiff, Brighton, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London.
Forensic examination has recovered a full DNA profile from the hooded top.
- Only 100 hooded tops were ever made and 25 in a large size.
- The burgundy hooded top was made in February 2010 for a rock group called Fightstar on their Be Human Tour.
- The tops were sold in February 2010 at concert venues in Cardiff, Brighton, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London.
- The attacker mentions the fact that he has split up with his girlfriend. Can you put the hoodie and the reference to the argument on 17 June together?
- The male is described as white, early to mid-20s with short dark shaved hair and stubble.
- Do you recognise the man seen on CCTV? At around 5:35am a man was picked up on CCTV in the area. Police aren't treating him as a suspect but are keen to speak to him as they believe he could be a key witness in this investigation and might hold vital information.