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Hunt for sexist in black Nissan Qashqai who verbally abused and threatened female runner in Sawbridgeworth after she called out his 'wolf whistle and profanities'



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A woman was left shaken when she was verbally abused and then threatened by a man in a car after she called out his sexist behaviour.

The incident happened in West Road, Sawbridgeworth, at about 8.50pm on Tuesday (December 28).

The woman was out running when a motorist parked outside the Bliss Budget convenience store made "inappropriate noises" at her.

When she challenged him, he became aggressive and verbally abused her.

A short while later, the man drove past the victim in his car – a black Nissan Qashqai – leaned out of his window and threatened her.

He is described as white, in his late 30s with stubble.

Insp Mark Collins, of the Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth police Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is a concerning incident, which left the victim understandably shaken, and we are taking it very seriously.

“Everyone is entitled to exercise in public without the fear of being subjected to unwanted and inappropriate attention.

“We have launched an investigation and urge anyone who has information about this incident to contact us as soon as possible.”

The victim's boyfriend posted about the incident on one of the Sawbridgeworth Facebook forums.

He said that his girlfriend was subjected to "a tirade of abuse" from the man.

"He wolf-whistled her and shouted some profanities at her," said the boyfriend. "My girlfriend stopped and called him out on it, which this guy must have felt extremely emasculated by, as he then followed her home and threatened her.

"She is all okay but just stunned this type of thing has happened. Please be careful, and if anyone has any idea who this could have been, please let [the police] know."

The boyfriend said that the Qashqai's registration possibly started NL58.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or knows who the man is can call Hertfordshire police on non-emergency number 101, report information online at herts.police.uk/report or use online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact. Please quote reference 41/102243/21. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.



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