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Re-appeal for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Northampton

November 10, 2017

DETECTIVES investigating a serious sexual assault in Northampton two weeks ago are re-appealing for witnesses.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of St Georges Avenue, between the hours of 1am and 7am on Sunday, October 29, and who may have seen a distressed woman who was walking alone and not wearing any shoes. 

The assault took place in the early hours of Sunday 29 (the night the clocks went back) after the victim got into a car she thought was a taxi, outside the Charles Bradlaugh pub in Earl Street. The car is described as light-coloured, with two white men in it.

Detective Inspector Mark Hopkinson, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was an extremely serious offence and I would urge anyone who believes they may have information to contact us as soon as possible on 101, quoting reference number 17000467560. 

“We are committed to finding the men responsible for this attack and any information, however insignificant it may seem, could greatly assist our investigation.”

DI Hopkinson is also encouraging people to think about their safety when they are on a night out.

“I would urge people, particularly young women, to be extra vigilant, to stick with their friends and plan ahead how they are getting home. 

“Stay together and travel together. Don’t go off on your own and keep an eye out for your friends. And it may sound obvious, but avoid walking through unlit areas, such as alleyways or church yards.

“If you intend to take a taxi, either book it in advance or take from the taxi rank. Don’t flag down cars and always check that you are getting in the one you booked. 

“It’s also sensible to keep a charged mobile phone with you and if you get separated, use it to call one another. If you feel at risk, call 999. 

“We will have additional officers out on patrol as part of our normal weekend policing in the town centre so if you have any concerns, or any information that may be relevant to last week’s assault, please do speak to them.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 17000467560.

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