Young woman is vic­tim of se­ri­ous sex­ual as­sault

PO­LICE COR­DON OFF SUR­ROUND­ING AREA AS SCENE OF CRIME OF­FI­CERS BE­GIN SEARCH FOR CLUES

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

A YOUNG woman was the vic­tim of a se­ri­ous sex at­tack as she walked through an al­ley­way on an Ash­ford hous­ing es­tate.

Po­lice say the woman, in her 20s, was sub­jected to a “se­ri­ous sex­ual as­sault” as she walked through the al­ley on the God­in­ton Park es­tate shortly be­fore 6.20pm on Tues­day

The at­tack hap­pened on the foot­path be­tween Cy­press Av­enue and Spring­wood Close.

Po­lice im­me­di­ately re­sponded to a 999 call from the vic­tim, made at 6.21pm.

Of­fi­cers rushed to the area and yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) the al­ley­way and a neigh­bour­ing park area that con­tains a chil­dren’s play­ground and teenage shel­ter off Spring­wood Drive re­mained cor­doned off.

Po­lice of­fi­cers and Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers searched the area and spoke to res­i­dents.

Det Insp Trevor Flem­ing said; “I would like to speak to any­one who was in the area at the time of the as­sault.”

Wor­ried neigh­bours had seen of­fi­cers at the scene shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent and were un­clear about what had hap­pened un­til de­tails were con­firmed the next morn­ing.

Diane Smith, of Cy­press Av­enue, said: “When I got home that night at 7.30pm the po­lice were al­ready there, with two cars, and the ar­eas were sealed off.

“The cor­dons have been there all night.

“We had no idea what had hap­pened and at first there were ru­mours go­ing around.”

An­other woman, who wished to re­main name­less, said: “Foren­sic of­fi­cers were at the scene that evening.

“It’s wor­ry­ing be­cause this is a Neigh­bour­hood Watch area and it is a re­ally safe area.

It is a lovely area and it is so out of char­ac­ter for this sort of thing to hap­pen.

“It’s hor­ri­ble.”

Any­body with in­for­ma­tion on the at­tack should con­tact South Kent Po­lice on 01303 289600 or call Kent Crimestop­pers 0800 555 111.

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