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15 year old girl sexually assaulted in broad daylight

Police say a 15 year old girl has been sexually assaulted in Stevenage.

The victim, was walking along Cuttys Lane, near to a bus stop just past the junction for Penn Road, at around 11.30-11.45 on Thursday 1st March morning when a man grabbed her from behind and attacked her. She managed to fight him off before a member of the public came to her aid.

He's described as 40 years old with a tanned/olive complexion and had short, shaved hair that was black in colour, a stubbly beard and brown eyes. He was wearing a black zip-up fleece, black jeans that were baggy at the bottom, a black belt with a chunky gold buckle and black shoes.

"This was understandably a very frightening ordeal for the victim and I would like to commend her bravery. She and her family are being supported by officers. I want to reassure the community that incidents of this type are unusual in Stevenage and we are doing all we can to trace the offender.

We are very keen to trace the female member of the public who kindly helped the victim following the assault. If this was you, or someone you know, please contact me as soon as possible.... We would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area around the time of the offence and saw a man matching the description running from the scene."

– Detective Constable Neil Davies

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Investigations continue after man dies in care home fire

Investigations into how the explosion and fire happened are continuing Credit: ITV Anglia

People living in a care home in Stevenage are waiting to find out if they'll be able to return to their accommodation following an explosion and fire on Saturday.

Firefighters say an oxygen cylinder was involved in the blaze at the Woodland View home in Stevenage which killed an 80-year-old man and injured six other people.

The Chief Fire Officer of Hertfordshire, Darryl Keen, praised nursing home staff for their prompt response and said more people could have been hurt if they hadn't acted as quickly.

A spokesperson for the home said they were doing everything they could to support the family of the man who had died.

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