Police eliminate men from sex attack investigation

PUBLISHED: 10:06 24 May 2012

Anyone with information should call the police on 101

Anyone with information should call the police on 101

© 2009 Darren Patterson

POLICE hunting the perpetrator of a sexual assault at a beauty spot have eliminated two men from their enquiries.

A woman was attacked at Blagdon Lake between 10.15pm and midnight on May 17, and police say they have now identified two new men who officers want to speak to.

Police have been a visible presence in Blagdon and Butcombe since the incident, and officers are continuing their investigations.

Detective Inspector Sarah Davenport said: “This investigation remains ongoing and a number of forensic lines of enquiry are being progressed.

“Following our last media appeal I have identified the two men described and have eliminated them from my enquiry.

“I would like to stress once again that this is an isolated incident and crime of this type is very rare.”

The force has now identified two new men who officers believe could help in their investigation.

The first is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall and of a slight but not thin build. He has straight receding brown hair and was seen wearing a dark coloured zip jacket, dark trousers and appeared to be in his mid 30s.

He may also wear glasses.

The second man is described as white, around 6ft tall and with dark hair that was gelled and spiked on top.

He was of a strong build, with a mark on his right cheek.

Det Insp Davenport added: “Information also suggests these men may have been in a vehicle thought to be a light coloured small van that had no markings on it.”

A visible police presence remains in the area, and residents are asked to remain vigilant.

Anyone who may have information about this incident or those responsible is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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