Woman sexually assaulted as she crossed York footbridge

10 Sep 2014 @ 2.35 pm
| Crime

Scene of the crime: the footbridge which leads to and from Grosvenor Road. Photograph: Google Streetview
A woman was sexually assaulted as she crossed a pedestrian bridge in York, police have revealed.

The assault happened between 12.30am and 1am on Friday, September 5 on the footbridge which crosses the railway between York Hospital and Grosvenor Road.

A man exposed himself to the 29-year-old York woman as she crossed the bridge. He made suggestive comments then pushed her against a wall.

By engaging the suspect in conversation, the woman managed to get away from him without being physically injured.

The man is described as:

  • having an olive complexion
  • aged in his early 30s
  • about 5ft 10in tall
  • slim build
  • with brown hair, cut short but in a curtains style.
    He spoke with a foreign accent and said he had been in the country for about a year.

    Detective Sergeant Steve Wilson, of York CID, said: “Thankfully the woman was not injured as a result of this incident. However, she was left shaken by the experience.

    “If you witnessed the assault or have any information which could identify the man responsible, I urge you to contact the police straight away.”

    Anyone who can help with this enquiry should contact York CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Steve Wilson. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [email protected].

    Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

    Please quote reference number 12140151835.