Sex attack on woman walking in woodland
DETECTIVES are trying to trace a man who is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman as she walked through Scunthorpe woodland.
Detectives in Scunthorpe are investigating the incident that took place on Wednesday, February 6 in a wooded area of footpath between Byron Close and Bridges Road.
They have yet to reveal whether there is a link to other sex attacks in the region.
It is alleged the victim, a young woman from Scunthorpe, was approached by the man between 5.15pm and 5.25pm who asked her for her mobile telephone.
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The woman said no and it is claimed the man then pushed her, before sexually assaulting her.
Detective Sergeant Ivan Simms from the Scunthorpe CID team said incidents like this were rare, but said people should take care when walking home alone in the dark.
DS Simms said: "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 they should think carefully about taking shortcuts."
The man police are looking to trace is described as around 6ft 2ins tall, of large build, aged 20 to 30.
Police say that at the time, he was wearing dark clothing, gloves and a dark beanie style hat.
The victim is said to have walked from Merlin Road onto Bridges Road before turning down Byron Close and onto the footpath which leads through a wooded area onto Bridges Road.
Following the incident, the suspect is said to have run off up the footpath in the direction of Byron Close.
The woman walked onto Bridges Road and made her way home, where the incident was reported to police.
DS Simms added: "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 with information should contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101, referring to log 464 of February 6.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.