Warn­ing af­ter woman is at­tacked by thug

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

PO­LICE are warn­ing peo­ple to be vig­i­lant af­ter a se­ri­ous at­tack on a woman in Sin­gle­ton.

Of­fi­cers have re­leased an e-fit pic­ture of a man in an at­tempt to catch the at­tacker.

They are hop­ing the im­age will jog the mem­ory of any­one who was in Sin­gle­ton at about 10pm last Wed­nes­day night, when the at­tack hap­pened.

A 38-year-old woman was walk­ing home alone along Tithe Barn Lane near Manor­field when she was ap­proached by a man who grabbed her hand­bag.

As she fought him off she was punched in the face. He fled empty-handed to­wards the Sin­gle­ton Cen­tre.

Det Insp Steve Bridges said: “This was a nasty as­sault which hap­pened along­side a well-used road.

“The woman in­volved in this as­sault has shown con­sid­er­able courage, how­ever we ask that mem­bers of the pub­lic re­main vig­i­lant and re­mem­ber to keep their per­sonal be­long­ings safe.”

The in­ci­dent was se­ri­ous enough to war­rant of­fi­cers guard­ing the crime scene overnight on Wed­nes­day.

Foren­sic teams

By Thurs­day morn­ing, they set up a cor­don and foren­sic teams were brought in to comb the area of grass­land where the at­tack took place.

On Thurs­day night, ex­actly 24 hours af­ter the at­tack, of­fi­cers stopped all driv­ers trav­el­ling along Tithe Barn Lane. Four po­lice cars and a team of of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing sev­eral based out­side Ash­ford, were brought in to ques­tion ev­ery mo­torist.

Po­lice say they are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as an at­tempted rob­bery. The at­tacker is thought to be about 25 years old, 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in tall and of slim to medium build. He was wear­ing a black or navy blue hooded top with a small Nike ‘tick’ logo, with the hood up and pale jeans. No ar­rests have been made. If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion they are asked to con­tact Kent Po­lice on 01303 289180 or Kent Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111

If you have any con­cerns about crime or anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the Sin­gle­ton area you can con­tact PCSO Bradley Hobbs on 07772 225993.

Po­lice at the scene of the in­ci­dent

Pic­ture :Dave Downey

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