Police, Fire & Court

Young woman left shaken by assault in Neston

By Mary Wells

Detectives investigating suspicious activity in Neston are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At 5.37pm on Tuesday 13 November a 19-year-old woman was walking through the alley at the side of Neston Centre, next to the church, towards the car park. Without warning a man approached her from behind and grabbed her.

The victim resisted and shouted out causing the offender to run off back onto the high street. He is believed to have gone in the direction of the junction at Chester Road.

The man is described as white, of a slim skinny build and around 5ft 10 in height. He was wearing either a dark coloured or black waterproof zip up waist length jacket with the hood up, which appeared to be washed out or old. The jacket was similar to a North Face jacket.

Detective Constable Tim Cope, of Ellesmere Port CID, said: “This incident appears to be isolated and we haven’t had any other similar reports but it  has understandably left the victim very shaken.

“I want to reassure the local community that officers will be in the area while we follow a number of lines of enquiry.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the time the incident took place to please come forward. Any information, no matter how small, could help us with our investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting 18100366342.

You can also give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have dashcam footage from the area around the time of any of these incidents it may be useful to our enquiries.  Please submit it by following the instructions in this link https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/ making sure you quote 18100366342.

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