Beds, Herts & Bucks

Hertfordshire nurse rape attack reconstruction

An "unimaginably frightening" rape of a nurse in Hertfordshire as she walked to work has been reconstructed by police to encourage witnesses to come forward.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was walking near Chequers Bridge Road in Stevenage, early on 24 March this year.

The attacker, wearing leather gloves and who smelt of smoke, approached her from behind and assaulted her.

Police have released the reconstruction three months on in a bid to encourage new witnesses to come forward.

Following the attack the victim ran out of Watson Road, along Fairview Road and towards the leisure park.

'Extremely traumatic'

She stopped and sat down distressed in an underpass and called for help where a number of people walking to the train station passed her, police said.

Det Con Kelly Adams, from the specialist sexual offences investigation team, said: "This woman was subjected to unimaginably frightening assault.

"The rape has deeply affected her and specially trained officers are giving her support through this extremely traumatic time."

The offender smelt of tobacco and may have been running as he was out of breath, police said.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites