Workington 2008 sex attack victim 'still traumatised'

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Image caption Police said the victim was still traumatised five years on

A teenager who was dragged into bushes and sexually assaulted five years ago is still traumatised, police said.

Despite a widespread inquiry, the hooded attacker who assaulted the then 16-year-old in Mossbay Road, Workington on 31 July 2008, was not caught.

Now, on the fifth anniversary of the attack Cumbria Police has issued a fresh appeal to help catch the culprit.

Det Ch Insp Rob O'Connor believes people were "too afraid" to speak out and urged them to come forward now.

The attacker was aged in his 20s, 6ft tall, white and stocky.

He also had a half shaven left eyebrow, a tattoo on his right hand and a possible injury to his right thumb.

The attack happened at 22:30 BST when the attacker started talking to his victim before dragging her into bushes.

'Awful night'

Mr O'Connor said: "We hope, by renewing the appeal, someone who was too frightened to speak at the time, can find the courage now and speak to us.

"As you can imagine, the incident had a detrimental effect on the victim.

"Even to this day she is traumatised by the events of that night.

"We have never given up on catching the person responsible."

The attacker was wearing a Nike hood and blue baseball cap.

He added: "We hope that someone may hold a piece of information that is the key to tracing the offender.

"We want to bring him to justice and give the victim some closure on the awful events of that night."

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