Third sex assault in York – police urge women not to walk alone at night

Navigation Road in York, approaching the bridge. Photograph © Google Street View
26 Sep 2017 @ 6.20 pm
| Crime, News

Police are appealing for witnesses after another sexual assault in York – the third in three days.

Officers are now asking people to be vigilant, “and where possible for women to avoid walking alone late at night”.

In the latest incident an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the Navigation Road area of York.

The woman was walking along Navigation Road at around 12.30am Tuesday (September 26).

As she approached the bridge, a man approached her and grabbed her bottom and spoke into her ear. He then ran off.

Detectives have issued this description of her attacker.

Have you seen him?

The suspect is…

in his late 20s
with a tanned complexion
and spoke with an English accent.

He was wearing

a dark grey hoodie
with the hood up
and dark trousers or jogging bottoms.

Anyone who was in the area at the time who may have witnessed the incident or seen a man matching the description who was acting suspiciously, is asked to contact police.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101
Or call York Serious Crime Team 01609 643279
Quote reference number 12170172779

The latest incident comes after two attacks on Sunday in York.

In the first, at about 8.50pm, a woman in her twenties fought off an assailant on Melrosegate.

And at 10pm, a woman suffered a serious sexual assault on Bootham.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are requesting the public to remain vigilant and where possible for women to avoid walking alone late at night.

“To reassure the local community, extra patrols will be taking place in and around the local area.”