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Terrified woman assaulted during stroll in Birmingham park

2014-08-29 20:41:41

Ward End Park, Birmingham

A 'very frightened' woman was thrown to the ground and assaulted during a stroll through a Birmingham park.

The 51-year-old victim was grabbed by an unknown man as she was walking towards the Sladefield Road entrance in Ward End Park on the morning of June 8.

As the woman reached a corner in the path the man walked up to her and grabbed her around the neck, throwing her to the floor.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, then held her down and threatened her before assaulting the woman as she lay on the floor. The offender then got up and ran towards the Sladefield Road exit.

He is described as a white man, around 5ft 3ins tall, of medium build, with light eyes, stubble and he was wearing a grey waterproof jacket, denim jeans, white trainers and a grey or silver beanie hat,  under which he appeared to have blonde hair.

DC Verity Eades, of the West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit at Aston police station, said: "This was a very concerning attack on a lone woman as she went for a morning walk in her local park.

"The lady does not speak English well and was very frightened by her ordeal. She just about managed to make a group of passing young men understand that she had been the victim of an assault and they then contacted police.

"Thankfully the woman was not badly hurt but we want to trace this man and urge anyone who can help to contact us and offer any information they can."

The public protection unit can be contacted at West Midlands Police by dialling the 101 non-emergency or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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