Sex attack victim to issue Crimewatch TV appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:47 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:37 27 September 2012

An eFit of the attacker - do you know this man?

An eFit of the attacker - do you know this man?

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A WOMAN who was dragged from a Weston cycle path and sexually assaulted will today issue an emotional TV appeal for help to find her attacker.

This is the jumper police believe the attacker left behind.This is the jumper police believe the attacker left behind.

BBC1 show Crimewatch will tonight (Thursday) broadcast a police appeal aimed at tracking down the dangerous predator who struck on June 17.

The victim – a lone young woman who cannot be named – had been walking along a pathway between Searle Crescent and Hutton Moor Road when she was targeted.

Efforts to track the attacker have so far proven fruitless, leading police and the victim to take to the small screen to issue a fresh appeal.

Viewers tonight will hear the woman tell of the lasting impact of the assault, and issue a plea for people with information to come forward.

The woman said: “This attack has had a huge effect on my life. I have trouble sleeping, I don’t trust people any more and I’m still receiving counselling to come to terms with the trauma of what had happened.

“I don’t think anyone can understand the affect that has on someone. This attack has really affected me and I would urge anyone who has any information about this to call the police.

“Please ask yourself if you recognise the picture of the man or know of anyone in the area who looks like him. This is never going to go away. I will always remember that morning and this will not get any easier until he’s caught.

“I am angry that someone has changed my life like this.”

Key evidence includes a hooded top left behind by the attacker.

Detective Chief Inspector Sue Wilshire said: “The hooded top is extremely important to this investigation as the victim describes her attacker as wearing a hooded top like this one, and this top was left at the scene of the attack.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have bought one of these tops or knows someone who has owned one, maybe a partner, husband or brother.

“We have recovered forensic evidence from this garment so we will easily be able to eliminate people from our inquiries.”

And the investigator added: “An assault of this nature is very rare in North Somerset and I am confident that with help from the public and our ongoing inquiries we will identify the person responsible for this attack and bring them to justice on behalf of the victim.”

Crimewatch will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC1 tonight. Anyone with any information should call Weston CID on 01934 638152.

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