Sexual assault near Otley
Police are appealing for witnesses or information following a sexual assault near Otley earlier this week.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:50am on Monday, 17 June, in a lay-by just off the B1078 Ipswich Road.
The victim, a 17-year-old girl, was driving between Charsfield and Debach when she pulled over to check her vehicle, a black Fiat 500. During this time, a navy blue van drove passed her and shortly afterwards the male driver approached her on foot.
He is reported to have asked if she needed help before grabbing her wrist and attempting to kiss her neck.
The victim was able to kick herself free and drive away unharmed but she has been left shaken following this incident.
The suspect is described as white, of tanned complexion, aged in his early 20s, approximately 6ft tall with long, dark brown and wavy hair which almost reaches his shoulders. He has a stretch in one ear and was wearing grey or black baggy tracksuit bottoms, which were stained with a black and white substance, possibly paint. He also wore a white, V-neck T-shirt.
Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who may have been travelling in the area between 8:30am and 9am on 17 June who may have dash cam or helmet cam footage which may help with enquiries.
Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a navy blue van either parked on the road or driving in the area at the time of the incident, or who may recognise the description of the suspect.
Anyone with information or dash-cam footage should visit www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update quoting reference 37/34892/19 or call Suffolk police on 101. Witnesses can also contact PC Georgia Kirby by emailing [email protected].
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org