BREAKING: Woman sexually assaulted in Banbury

Banbury Police Station
Banbury Police Station

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Banbury in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

Officers were called to the Bankside area of Banbury at about 3.30am to a report that a woman in her 30s had been assaulted as she walked along the road.

She was walking along Bankside, near Newbold Close, when she heard footsteps behind her. Then a man approached her, pushed her to the ground and pulled at her lower clothing. She struggled and then the man ran off.

Det Insp John Turner, leading the investigation, said: “This was extremely distressing for the victim. As part of our investigation we have carried out a forensic examination at the scene of the incident and have also conducted house-to-house inquiries in the Bankside area.

“We would urge anyone who was in the area in the early hours and may have seen anything relating to this incident to call us as a matter of urgency.

“While this was a deeply upsetting experience for the victim and we are doing all we can to bring the perpetrator to justice, we would like to reassure the public that this type of offence is rare in Banbury.”

If you have any information please contact Det Insp John Turner via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.