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Appeal for witnesses following attempted rape and sexual assault in Reading

Alert message sent 09/02/2020 12:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was subjected to an attempted rape and sexual assault in Reading this morning (9/2).
Officers were called at around 6.30am to reports that a woman had been attacked at knife-point and dragged into the river Thames in Riverside Park, Scours Lane, Tilehurst, Reading.
The victim also had her bag thrown into the river.
The victim, aged in her late teens, encountered the offender on Ringwood Road, but the incident happened on Scours Lane.
She was forced at knife-point to take an unknown pill, but fought back, suffering scratches to her knuckles.
The offender then proceeded to sexually assault the victim and attempted to rape her, before dragging her into the river.
The victim then hit the offender, who ran off.
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his late thirties and around 5ft 9ins tall.
He was wearing a black North Face puffa jacket with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.
He had a gap in his teeth and a gold tooth on the left side of his mouth. He spoke with a local accent.
Scene-watches are currently in place in Scours Lane and Deacon Way while investigations continue.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Rich Jarvis, of Reading CID, said: “This was a shocking incident in which the victim was violently threatened, then sexually assaulted, before being dragged into the river.
“I believe the offender may also have ended up in the river as the victim fought him off.
“I am appealing to anybody who has any information, or who believes that they witnessed this incident, to please call 101, quoting URN 314 (9 February).
“Incidents such as this are rare, but I appreciate the concern this will cause in the local community.
“We have scene-watches in place in Scours Lane and Deacon Way, and there will be an increased police presence in the area while our investigations continue.
“Anyone who has any concerns, or believe that they can help with this investigation, can talk to any officer at the scene.
“You can also make a report online, or for 100% anonymity, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“This distressing attack has left the victim very shaken, but although currently in hospital, she has not sustained any serious injuries.
“I would also re-iterate that anyone with any information, or who believes they recognise the description given of the offender, should contact police.”
KB
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Kieren Bushnell (Police, Media Officer , HQ South)

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