KNIFE­MAN HUNT AFTER SEX AT­TACK

Ex­tra po­lice pa­trols after ter­ri­fy­ing as­sault on woman in broad day­light:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Ex­tra po­lice pa­trols were mounted in Peter­bor­ough after a woman was sex­u­ally as­saulted at knife­point.

Of­fi­cers are car­ry­ing out vis­i­ble pa­trols at the foot­path near Rhubarb Bridge where the A47 meets Lin­coln Road this week, more than seven days after the at­tack.

The vic­tim, who is in her 20s, was walk­ing to­wards Ivatt Way, when she was ap­proached be­tween 11am and 11.30am on Saturday, Septem­ber 30.

She was ap­proached by a youth who threat­ened her with a knife be­fore sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her.

Busi­nesses in the area re­ported po­lice at­tend­ing to warn fe­male staff about the at­tack.

But, a Cam­bridgeshire po­lice spokesman said they had vis­ited busi­nesses to speak to po­ten­tial wit­nesses and view CCTV footage.

He said; “We had of­fi­cers vis­it­ing lo­cal busi­nesses in the area where the as­sault took place as part of our in­quiries.”

The spokesman said staff would have been given se­cu­rity ad­vice, which would be given fol­low­ing any at­tacks.

The at­tacker is de­scribed as be­ing of Asian ap­pear­ance, in his late teens, about 5’8” tall, slim, with short black hair and a small mous­tache. He was wear­ing black jeans and a black jacket.

Detective Sergeant Gor­don Blair urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the at­tack to come for­ward.

He added: “This was a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the vic­tim who was not in­jured, but ex­tremely upset and shaken.

“Al­though this is not a res­i­den­tial area, I hope some­one may have seen a youth match­ing this de­scrip­tion at the time.”

Of­fi­cers have now ar­rested a man in con­nec­tion with the at­tack, but car­ried out ap­peals for more in­for­ma­tion on Saturday. DS Blair said there had been ex­tra pa­trols in the area and these would con­tinue through­out the week.

The ar­rested man, an 18-year-old, has been re­leased by po­lice un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The knife­point at­tack is the lat­est crime in­volv­ing a weapon in the city. Last week The PT re­vealed there had been a 55 per cent rise in crimes in­volv­ing weapons over the past six months.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact Cam­bridgeshire po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 285 of Septem­ber 30, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Of­fi­cers car­ry­ing out ex­tra pa­trols in the area

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