Fears ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack was not one-off in­ci­dent

‘He was wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity’ says vic­tim

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A 42-YEAR-OLD woman who was vi­ciously as­saulted in a lane in Uxbridge on Hal­loween has said she wants her at­tacker caught so no one else has to suf­fer through what she did.

Philippa May was walk­ing back to her part­ner’s house from a gym in the town cen­tre when a man shoved her to the ground and made an in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual re­mark dur­ing the aw­ful in­ci­dent.

Ms May suf­fered hor­rific cuts and bruis­ing to her face and said she is afraid to re­turn to Uxbridge.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses and in­for­ma­tion to bring the vi­cious of­fender to jus­tice.

Speak­ing to the Gazette Ms May, who lives in Fleet, Hamp­shire, said: “It’s re­ally scary to think he might have done it be­fore. “He knew what he was do­ing. “I’m hav­ing to sleep with the light on at home. I don’t want to walk across the car park if there’s no one around in the day.

“I’m sure he’s done it be­fore and he’s just go­ing to keep do­ing it un­less some­one steps out. “It was aw­ful.” The at­tack hap­pened at around 7.30pm in an al­ley­way lead­ing from St Johns Road to Cul­vert Lane, 15 min­utes from the town cen­tre.

Ms May said her at­tacker had pre­tended to be jog­ging be­hind and that he had fol­lowed her along the road.

When she turned into the lane the at­tacker stopped and hid be­hind a wall be­fore he ran down the lane and hit Ms May to the ground.

She thinks the nasty in­juries to her face were sus­tained as she fell face first onto the gravel track.

The at­tacker and Ms May grap­pled on the ground, but she was able to get to her feet, and the of­fender fled from the scene tak­ing her back­pack with him.

She ran to her part­ner’s house, cov­ered in blood.

Some of the vic­tim’s be­long­ings were later found dumped in Rockingham Recre­ation Ground, but two phones and the ruck­sack are still miss­ing.

The phones are both Iphone 5S mo­biles, one with a trans­par­ent ap­ple green cover and an­other with a black Grif­fin Sur­vivor Rub­ber case.

CCTV im­ages re­leased on Thurs­day show a sus­pect fol­low­ing the vic­tim be­fore the at­tack. The of­fender is de­scribed as a male who was wear­ing a hooded top and gloves.

Ms May added: “I felt OK last week but it’s af­fect­ing me more and more. He re­ally knew the area. I’m sure he is lo­cal.

“If it hadn’t have been me it would have been some­one else. He was out wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact DC Reda Imane or DS Andy Dawson at Hilling­don CID on 07500 102621 or 020 82461552.

It’s af­fect­ing me more and more

‘IT WAS AW­FUL’: Philippa May’s in­juries af­ter she was shoved to the ground dur­ing the at­tack in Uxbridge on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 31

CAM­ERA IM­AGE: CCTV footage of the sus­pect

SPEAK­ING OUT: Philippa May

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