Tuesday, 8 November 2011

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT
Detectives are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Ilkeston.
At around 1.30am on Sunday, October 30, a 24-year-old woman was walking in Wharncliffe Road after a night out when she was approached by a man who offered to help her get home.
She walked with him and they entered Rutland Recreation ground, in West End Drive, where they were joined by another man, who seemed to be friends with the first man.
The two men sexually assaulted her and took items from her handbag before leaving her in the park. She left the park and was helped by a passer-by, who called police. She has described the men as white and in their early 20s. They were both slim, clean shaven and spoke with local accents. One had short dark hair and wore a grey hooded zip-up sports top. The other man wore a black zip-up winter jacket.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the two men, or the victim, before the attack, to contact them. Anyone who was in the area of Rutland Park at around 1.30am on Sunday should also get in touch.
Detective Inspector Tim Cadman is in charge of Operation Diamond, a specialist team established to investigate serious sexual and violent crimes. He said: “This is a despicable attack on a vulnerable young woman who was trying to get home after a night out.
“Her attacker has lured her into danger by pretending to help and she has then been subjected to a sexual assault and had property stolen as well. It’s vital that anyone with information comes forward to help us find these men, no matter how small they feel the detail may be.”
Anyone with information should call police on the new 101 non-emergency number, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.