Warning after woman is attacked by thug
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.
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