Gravesend woman suffers alleged sexual assault while on phone to friend

PUBLISHED: 07:55 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 07:55 25 November 2013

A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted after a man got into her car while she was on the phone, in Gravesend, earlier this month.

The victim was parked in Stuart Road, and was talking to a friend when the suspect first approached her asking for the time at around 5.45pm, on November 7.

After walking off in the direction of the river, he is thought to have returned a short while later and let himself into her car.

The offender told the victim that he didn’t want her handbag, before grabbing her hand and trying to perform a sex act on himself. When she resisted, he sexually assaulted her.

After the victim screamed, he quickly left the car and headed in the direction of Bligh Road.

The suspect is described as an Asian man, between 45 and 50-years-old, about 5ft 8ins tall and of large build. He was wearing a navy hooded top and dark bottoms.

Pc Dave Smith, of the Gravesham neighbourhood unit, said: “This was a disturbing incident in which the suspect enters the victim’s car, which I have no doubt would have been alarming in itself, before sexually assaulting her.

‘This man approaches the car twice, once to ask the time and then a few moments later to enter the car. I’m appealing to anyone who might have witnessed the incident or has any information to contact me.”

Anyone with information should call Pc Smith on 01474 366104, quoting reference XY/35964/13. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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