Wiltshire Police is appealing for information after a serious sexual assault in Great Western Way, in Swindon.
A woman was sexually assaulted by a man who offered her a lift home. The assault happened in the car park of the Fish Brothers car showroom at around 7pm yesterday (Sunday 3 July 2016).
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man and a woman in a black car, either in or around the car showroom at that time, or earlier on towards the Devizes Road end of Bath Road, in Swindon.
The man is described as black, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, a of a slim/average build and with black hair and a black beard.
The victim is receiving support from specialist officers.
Det Sgt Mark Lewis, from Swindon CID, said: “I would like to commend the victim on her bravery in coming forward and reporting this incident to the police.
“An investigation is underway and we have been carrying out enquiries to locate the suspect.
“We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in this area yesterday evening and may have seen the vehicle, or its occupants.”
Supt Charlie Armstrong added: “I want to reassure the public that this incident is not being linked to a previous sexual assault in Swindon last week.
“However, we know these types of assaults are worrying for local people and there has been an increased police presence in the area and we are carrying out extra patrols to provide community reassurance.”
Police are encouraging people to consider personal safety advice.
• Think about your safety before you leave home; make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are with and what time you are likely to return.
• Fully charge your mobile phone and keep it with you so you can keep in contact with your friends and family and ring police should you need to
• If on a night out, try to stay with friends and don’t go off alone – don’t let any of your friends go off alone either. Look out for each other especially if one of you has drunk too much
• If you have to walk alone, keep to busy well-lit roads even if it means taking a longer route
• If you think someone is following you, go to the nearest place where there are people and ask for help, or, if you can’t find somewhere or you are worried in any way, ring 999.
• Don’t be afraid about being wrong or over-reacting; the Police would rather be called only to find that all is well, than be dealing with an incident because someone was afraid of calling them.
• Carrying a personal attack alarm is a good idea, day or night, especially if you are walking alone.
• Always try to be aware of what and who is around you and avoid putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.
• And remember, it might not be you that is in danger – if you see anything you think is suspicious call the police – better safe than sorry!
Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Lewis at Swindon CID on 101. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse is encouraged to contact police or call The Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0808 1680024 which is an independent 24-hour helpline.