Did you see sex attacker near Scunthorpe footpath?
Police in Scunthorpe are investigating a reported sexual assault in which the woman victim was injured.
It happened between 5.15pm and 5.25pm on Wednesday, February 6 in a wooded area of footpath between Byron Close and Bridges Road in the town.
A 23-year-old Scunthorpe woman walked from Merlin Road on to Bridges Road before turning down Byron Close and on to the footpath.
She was approached by a man who asked for her mobile telephone.
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The woman said "no" and it is claimed the man then pushed her before carrying out the sexual assault.
The suspect ran off along the path in the direction of Byron Close.
The woman, who sustained scratches to the face, walked to Bridges Road and made her way home.
The suspect is described as approximately 6ft 2ins tall, of large build, and aged 20 to 30.
He was wearing dark clothing, gloves and a dark beanie-style hat.
Detective Sergeant Ivan Simms, of Scunthorpe CID, said: "This is thankfully a very rare offence in the town of Scunthorpe and there is no need for people to be unduly alarmed by this report. However it is always worth reminding people about personal safety. Women, in particular, should take care when walking alone and during hours of dusk and darkness should think carefully about taking shortcuts.
"We are investigating the circumstances of this allegation and would appeal for anyone who thinks they may have seen anything suspicious to contact us at Scunthorpe Police Station."
Anyone who may be able to provide information is asked to call 101, referring to log 464 of 06 February.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.