Swindon police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Swindon which happened on the morning of Sunday 25 November.
A local woman in her early twenties was walking along the top of Westfield Way, just past the roundabout, travelling down towards a set of traffic lights leading onto Thamesdown Drive.
She was stopped on the hill between these two locations at approximately 6.10am, by a man who grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her into some bushes.
The man made sexual demands, but was distracted by the headlights of a passing vehicle. The woman broke free and managed to run away.
Her attacker was described as black, about 6’ 2” tall with a medium build and in his mid-twenties. He spoke with a Swindon accent, and had a distinctive beard which was about an inch wide and ran from both ears, following the jaw line.
He was wearing dark jeans, a white plain hoody which was zipped up with the hood up and black trainers. His skin was clear and fresh looking and he had light coloured eyes
PC Dean Singleton said, “this was an unprovoked attack which could quite clearly have gone on to become an even more serious incident than it already is. Thankfully the passing vehicle distracted the offender. As it is the lady had the presence of mind to use the distraction to break free, but the incident has left her very shaken and distressed."
Anyone who recognises this man shown in the artist’s impression, or who has any information, which could help with this investigation is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 0845 4087000 and ask for PC Dean Singleton at Gable Cross Police Station.
Information may be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.