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Police widen appeal for couple who helped male sex assault victim in Bishop's Stortford

Herts police believe a couple who helped a man who had been sexually assaulted in Bishop's Stortford were visiting the town.

As a result, the constabulary has widened its appeal for the man and woman to come forward.

The attack on a man in his 30s happened between 2am and 2.30am on Saturday December 21 in the South Road area, near the Shell Little Waitrose Thorley petrol station and the driving test centre.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the attack. (26644643)
Police are appealing for witnesses after the attack. (26644643)

Extensive enquiries have been carried out since the incident was reported and detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit have now taken over the investigation.

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins said: "Understandably the victim remains absolutely traumatised by what has happened and specialist officers are continuing to support him at this extremely difficult time.

"Our enquiries into the incident are ongoing and we are keen to trace the male and female who sat with the victim and helped him to make phone calls, as a matter of urgency. If this was you, please come forward, as you may have vital information which could assist us.

"I would also like to hear from anyone else who may have information about what happened, or who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area during the early hours of that day."

She also appealed for those driving in the area between 1.30am and 3.30am to come forward with dashcam footage. The Indie understands a taxi driver who took a man to Harlow has already been traced.

Anyone with information is asked to call the major crime unit directly on 01707 355666, quoting Op Tapia.

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