CCTV images released after sex attack

The knife attack started after a woman bought petrol in Dunstable on Thursday. Photo: ITV Anglia

Police in Dunstable have released CCTV images of a man they're hunting following a sex attack on a woman. The man got into her car after she'd bought petrol and force her to drive off at knifepoint.

The incident began at 6.55pm on Thursday when the victim, who is in her late 20s, was leaving the Shell Petrol Station in Poynters Road, Dunstable.

The man produced a knife and forced the victim to drive to Tomlinson Avenue arriving a few minutes after 7pm. The woman was then sexually assaulted at knifepoint . The attack lasted approximately fifteen minutes, during which time the victim sounded her car horn and managed to switch on the internal light. The woman suffered head and injuries during the attack.

CCTV image of a man police are hunting in connection with a sex attack Credit: Bedfordshire Police
CCTV image of a man police are hunting in connection with a sex attack Credit: Bedfordshire Police
CCTV image of a man police are hunting in connection with a sex attack. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of the man who got into the car although the camera angle meant his face was not visible. They issued the following description:

  • White around 5' 10" to 6' tall
  • Slim to medium build
  • Wearing dark trousers with either a logo or fluorescent markings and short zips at the bottom
  • Wearing a hooded jacket with the hood up and pulled tight round his face

“This was a terrifying experience for this lady to have to deal with yet she showed extreme bravery in fighting off her attacker and raising the alarm. The victim has been left truly devastated by what happened but has been courageous enough to share with officers exactly what happened during this ordeal and she continues to receive support from her family and specialist officers at this time."

– Detective Inspector Ruth Dodsworth