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Man left traumatised by sex attack in the street in Bishop's Stortford



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A man in his 30s was the victim of a sexual assault in the street in Bishop's Stortford four days before Christmas.

The victim was so traumatised by his ordeal in the early hours of Saturday, December 21 that he has only just felt able to allow police to publicise the attack.

Now, Hertfordshire Constabulary officers are appealing for a man and woman who went to his aid to come forward.

The Shell Little Waitrose Thorley at the junction of South Road and London Road in Bishop's Stortford. Pic: Vikki Lince (25505888)
The Shell Little Waitrose Thorley at the junction of South Road and London Road in Bishop's Stortford. Pic: Vikki Lince (25505888)

The assault happened in the South Road area, near the Shell Little Waitrose Thorley petrol station and the driving test centre.

A spokeswoman for police said: "We don’t have a more specific time frame at present or a description of the suspect."

Detective Inspector Adele Hopkin, who is overseeing the investigation, said: "The victim... has been left traumatised by what happened and has only just felt able to consent to this appeal being released. He is being supported by specially trained officers at what continues to be an extremely difficult time for him.

"Meanwhile, we have been carrying out extensive enquiries since the incident was reported to us and we are appealing for anyone who may have information about what happened to please get in touch as soon as possible.

"In particular, we would like to trace a male and female who sat with the victim and helped him to make phone calls. If this was you, please contact us."

DI Hopkin added: "Incidents such as this are very rare and I would like to reassure people we are doing all we can to trace the person responsible."

Anyone with information can report it online at herts.police.uk/report, via an online webchat at herts.police.uk/contact or call non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/114268/19.

Alternatively, stay 100% anonymous by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.



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