Police have released a drawing of a man who approached a woman and subsequently attacked her as she was walking to a friend’s house in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The assault occurred at 2.30am as a woman was walking alone from a pub in Old Town to meet a friend. Shortly before she was attacked a man approached her and then attacked her in an alleyway between Union Street and Prospect Place. The woman sustained serious injuries and was taken to Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
The attacker is described as being around 5’6” tall, in his late twenties and with short cropped hair which may have been spiky at the front.
The victim is white, 5’5” tall, of slim build with short, chin-length brown hair. She was wearing a dark-coloured waist-length jacket, a purple cardigan and a purple sequinned top, dark blue jeans and dark brown, ankle-length boots.
Investigating the assault, Detective Constable Mike Armishaw said: “This was an unprovoked assault on a lone woman who was in a vulnerable position after celebrating the New Year with her friends. Our investigation has not found any reason for the assault and we are now appealing to anyone who recognises the man in the drawing to get in touch.
“At the time the woman was assaulted other people in the area would have been travelling home from their own celebrations. If anyone saw either of these people at the time of the attacks in the areas of Eastcott Hill, North Street, Prospect Place or Union Street I would ask them to contact me.”
If you recognise this man or have information which could help the investigation please contact DC Armishaw on 0845 408 7000 or alternatively phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.