Woman sexually assaulted on her way to catch a train in York

Station Road near the Principal Hotel. Photograph © Google Street View
21 Jul 2017 @ 6.24 pm
| Crime, News

A woman was sexually assaulted near York station early today (Friday).

The attack happened as she made her way to the station to catch a train at around 5.20am.

The woman was walking along Station Road near the gardens of the Principal Hotel when she was grabbed by a man who sexually assaulted her over her clothing.

The man then ran off from the scene through the hotel gardens and along Leeman Road towards the railway bridge.

He is described as

  • white
  • aged in his early 20s
  • wearing a bright blue Puffa-style jacket with the hood up
  • and jogging bottoms and trainers.

Third incident

This is the third sexual assault in York in a matter of days.

Two women were attacked in separate incidents on North Street last week.

Chief Inspector Al Wescott of York police, said: “I appreciate this third incident may cause alarm among the people of York.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that we are doing all we can to find the suspect, but in the meantime, people should be alert, but not scared.”

He added:

Take safety measures if you are walking alone at night, stay together with friends, stick to well-lit streets and be aware of who is around you.

At this stage it is too early to say if the incident is connected to the sexual assaults reported last week and a man remains in police custody as enquiries into those assaults continue.

Anyone who was in the Station Road area at around 5am to 5.30am this morning and has any information that can assist the investigation, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

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

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Serious Crime Team
Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12170128098