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Bournemouth sex attack on 'litter-picking' woman

Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth Image copyright Google
Image caption The woman, aged in her 60s, was approached by the man as she was picking up litter in Shelbourne Road

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a woman while she was litter-picking.

The woman, aged in her 60s, was approached by the man in Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth, at about 18:50 GMT on Friday.

Police said the offender made a sexually inappropriate comment to her before pushing her into a nearby alleyway and attacking her.

It is not believed to be linked to three other sex attacks in the town.

The offender, who ran off in the direction of Bennett Road after the attack, is described as white, aged in his 20s or 30s, about 5ft 10in (1.77m), of slim build and was wearing a dark-coloured duffle coat, which was about thigh-length, with the hood up.

Det Con Stefanie Belton said: "From our investigations we understand that the victim shouted to a woman who was walking past at the time.

"I would really like to speak to this woman as I believe she may have seen the offender and have important information that could assist my investigation.

"Although at this time there is no direct link to the three reported sexual assaults that have occurred in the Ensbury Park area of Bournemouth, we are keeping an open mind as our investigations continue."

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