Woman assaulted as she walked home in Barton

Can you help our investigation?

20 Mar 2017

A 23-year-old woman was allegedly attacked as she walked home after a night out with a friend in Barton late on Saturday 18 March.

She and her friend left the High Street in Barton shortly before 11.10pm to walk home. Just after this, the two women went their separate ways. As the 23-year-old got somewhere near West Acridge, she was grabbed from behind and forced to the ground before being sexually assaulted.

During the assault, the 23-year-old managed to bite her attacker around the cheek or collar bone area and it is likely this would have left a mark. The suspect is thought to be around 5ft 7in tall and was wearing jeans with a top that felt rough at the time.

Detective Sgt Hayley Broddle, who is investigating the incident said: “This type of incident is rare in Barton and it has left a 23 year old woman badly shaken but thankfully not seriously hurt.

“A team of detectives are investigating this serious incident that happened not far from the centre of Barton at a time when people would have been leaving pubs and restaurants.

“We are very keen to speak to anyone out that night who may have seen anything suspicious or who may have seen the suspect making his way home after the incident.

“Chances are he may have had a mark on his face or collar bone area after being bitten and he may well have been flustered and acting out of character. Does this sound like someone you know?”

Our officers will be out in Barton tonight carrying out high visibility patrols. If you have any concerns or information relating to this incident, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.

Anyone else who can help our investigation should contact us right away on 101 quoting log number 649 of 18/03/17.