Police launch manhunt after woman escapes attacker

PUBLISHED: 13:28 23 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:28 23 June 2015

Do you recognise this man?

Do you recognise this man?

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A MAN who grabbed a woman and tried to drag to drag her into bushes is being hunted by police in Weston.

An appeal for witnesses has been launched today (Tuesday) after the 30-year-old woman was attacked near to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

The incident occurred at on June 16, and began at about 8pm as the woman was walking over Hutton Moor Road bridge, talking on her phone, when she was approached by a man who called her ‘a good little girlie’.

She ignored him and walked on towards a nearby takeaway.

As she was crossing the bridge on her way home about 30 minutes later she saw the same man approaching again.

This time he took her arms, shaking her and trying to drag her into nearby bushes. The woman struggled and kicked out and was able to free herself and run home.

Police say the man was white, aged in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5ft 9ins or 5ft 10ins tall, with very tanned skin, dark stubble and very bad teeth.

He wore a cream cap, a green jacket, dark grey jogging bottoms and black shoes – not trainers – but no socks.

He was carrying a cloth bag described as similar to one the character Roy Cropper from Coronation Street would use.

DC 3607 Simon Dawkins said: “Obviously this lady was very distressed by the incident, but she has been able to give us a good description and helped us to create an e-Fit of her attacker.

“Anyone who saw the incident, who recognises this man or who has any other information which could help us can get in touch through our website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us or by calling 101 quoting reference 63949/15.”

Alternatively, witnesses can ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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