Masked sex attacker assaulted woman on town street

Witnesses are being urged to step forward after a woman in her 60s was sexually assaulted in the street by a masked attacker.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 4:30 pm
Great North Road.

Detectives are seeing information about the incident which occurred at around 7am yesterday, Thursday, June 18, when the victim was walking alone beside the Great North Road in Fairburn.

An unknown man approached her from behind, pulled her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The woman fought with the suspect who ran off towards Fairburn.

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Police enquiries are ongoing into the incident including area searches, a trawl of CCTV and forensic examinations.

The victim, who is receiving specialist support following the ordeal, said the stocky-build suspect was wearing a blue surgical face mask, a black woolly hat, black bottoms and a black.

Anyone who recalls seeing somebody matching that description early on Thursday morning - possibly running along the main road or acting suspiciously - is urged to get in touch with the police without delay.

Drivers with dash-cams in their vehicles are also asked to check if they have any footage near Fairburn at around 7am on Thursday.

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Please quote reference number 12200102719 when providing details about this incident.