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Police probe 'indecent assault' in Ryde

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 16:10

A WOMAN has claimed she was indecently assaulted while walking alone in Ryde in the early hours of this morning (Friday).
Police are appealing for witnesses after the alleged assault in North Walk, on the Esplanade, between approximately 12.10am and 12.40am.
The woman said she was approached by a man she did not know on Appley Beach, between the cafe and Appley Tower.
The woman asked the man to leave her alone after he took hold of her. He refused and she bit him on the face when he tried to kiss her.
The man then ran towards a vehicle parked nearby. The woman was not hurt.
The suspect is described as 5ft 9ins tall, with short dark hair, olive looking skin and possibly with an injury to his face. He was said to be wearing an expensive looking zip-up jacket and he spoke with an accent, believed to be of Eastern European origin.
He was seen getting into a dark blue coloured small car.
Det Sgt Gary Lyons, of IW CID, said:  "This is the first reported indecent assault of this nature we’ve had on the Island this winter. I’m appealing to the public to contact detectives with any information they may have about the identity of this man. We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed a man or vehicle matching this description in the area of Ryde Esplanade and Appley Beach between midnight and 1.00am this morning (Friday).
"I would also like to remind people going out over Christmas to ensure they take sensible precautions about their personal safety. These include planning your journey home, telling family or friends where you’re going, what you’re doing and what time you’ll be back."
Anyone with information can contact Det Sgt Lyons on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
• A 31-year-old man from the Island was arrested by police earlier today in relation to the alleged assault. He remains in custody for questioning.

 


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