Key witness sought in investigating into sexual assault in Jarrow

30 Nov 2017 13:00 PM

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Police investigating a sexual assault in Jarrow are appealing for a potential key witnesses to get in contact.

At around 1.20pm on Monday, November 20, a man grabbed a woman by the waist while she was walking on the footpath next to the A19, near to Kirkston Avenue in Jarrow. The woman managed to break free and the man made off.

Officers have been carrying out enquiries and believe the offender stopped to speak to a woman who was walking her dog shortly after the incident. There is no suggestion the man tried to attack the woman but stopped to have a conversation with her indicating they may know each other.

 Detectives are keen for the woman to get in contact as she may be a key witnesses in helping police identify the offender. The woman was walking a small white dog on a lead. The dog was the size of a Jack Russell.

Officers are also urging the offender to hand himself in. He is described as white, around 5ft 9 to 6ft tall, aged between 25 and 35 and skinny build. He was wearing a light blue Adidas tracksuit top made of silky tracksuit material with a hood, black wool gloves, light grey tracksuit bottoms and black nike air trainers.  He was also wearing a black beanie hat and a black wool thick scarf pulled up over his nose covering the lower part of his face. He was described as smelling of cigarettes and bonfires.

Detective Sean McGuigan said: “I want to appeal the offender directly to hand himself in, we are carrying out extensive enquiries and will identify and arrest him soon. We believe he stopped to speak to a woman he may know and are asking her to get in contact as she could be a key witness in helping us identify him so it really is only a matter of time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 511 201117 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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