Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Schoolgirl sexually assualted near K&A Canal in Bath

Bath police are appealing for witnesses and information after two girls aged 14 and 11 were assaulted by a man near the Kennet & Avon Canal in Bath yesterday (Tuesday 12 JUly).

Two girls were walking home from school on a track between Ringswell Gardens and the Kennet and Avon canal at about 4pm when they became aware of a man behind them. 

He overtook them, slowed down as he reached Grosvenor Bridge and then turned round.

He grabbed the elder girl by the throat, pushed her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her. The younger girl tried to pull him away, but he pushed her over.
The girls' screams were heard by two fishermen nearby who ran to help and the attacker first walked and then ran off the way he had come, back towards the canal.

The girls were severely shaken and upset, but not physically injured.

The man the police are looking for is described as: white, 25-30 years old and around 5ft 10in tall. He has very short blond or fair hair and was wearing blue, pink and grey-hooped rugby-style polo shirt with long sleeves, blue jeans and trainers.

Det Insp Charlotte Tucker of Bath CID said: "This was a serious assault on two young girls in the middle of the afternoon on a well-used path. We are extremely keen to find the man responsible as soon as possible."

Today, police are carrying out forensic tests, and uniformed and neighbourhood community police are at the scene speaking to possible witnesses.
Anyone with information, or who recognises the description, is asked to call Bath CID on 0845 456 7000. Or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.

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