The incident happened at approximately 1.30am on Sunday 14 April 2013 on Clifton Street, in the Kingshill area of Swindon.
A lone female was walking along Clifton Street when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man and pushed to the floor. She was then hit in the face before the man ran off. The 38-year-old victim received minor facial injuries during the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’8” tall, of average build and wearing a light coloured hoody with toggles.
Police are appealing for members of the public who may have been on Kingshill and Bath Road, Swindon around 1.30am on Sunday 14 April and who may have seen the lone female and/or a lone male walking from Old Town along Bath Road/Kingshill and Clifton Street, or have seen a lone male close to that location.
Officers are particularly keen to speak to a couple with an umbrella who were seen walking up Kingshill near to Clifton Street at around 1.45am.
Detective Inspector Mark Garrett of Swindon CID said: “Understandably this incident has left the victim extremely shaken up and we are keen to hear from anyone who has information on this attack.
“This is being treated as an isolated incident with a dedicated and robust police operation having already begun.
“Thankfully incidents such as this are rare in Wiltshire. However, there are a number of precautions that you can take to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of such a crime:
• Always make sure that someone knows where you are going, who with and when you expect to return
• Take a mobile phone with you to allow you to keep in contact
• Try to make sure that you walk in groups, if you do walk alone be vigilant and aware of your surroundings
• Think about your route and try to stay in well lit, busy areas
• If you do go home alone always try to take a registered, licensed taxi
• If you see anything suspicious or are at all concerned don’t hesitate to contact police
• If you feel that someone is following you, go to the nearest place where there are other people and call police
• Consider carrying a personal attack alarm which are available from the Community Safety Department.
“Anyone with information should contact Wiltshire Police immediately as the smallest piece of information might prove crucial to this investigation.”
Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.