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E-fit released after sex attack in Wednesbury

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce the e-fit of the suspect Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Wednesbury have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to.

A 26-year-old woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road, just after 9pm on Monday 9 March.

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce an e-fit of the suspect.

He is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, around 6ft tall, slim, wearing a brown leather jacket with a pale stripe, black shoes and dark coloured jeans. He is believed to be Eastern European - possibly Polish.

The victim told police he smelt of alcohol and cigarettes.

The woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road Credit: Google Maps

"Crimes like this are very rare and we hope that this e-fit image might jog someone’s memory and help us identify the suspect."

– Detective Constable Raj Dulay, West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit

Detectives stepped up patrols in the area after the attack to reassure local women.

Officers are continuing to examine CCTV footage and forensic material and are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to anyone who saw anything in the area that night, no matter how insignificant.


Pensioner seriously hurt in mobility scooter crash

Map showing area of collision Credit: ITV News Central

Police are investigating after a pensioner was knocked from his mobility scooter in Tipton by a vehicle.

The 88-year-old man was crossing Toll End Road near to Ocker Hill Roundabout when the collision happened at around 11:20am on Friday morning.

He is being treated in hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Sergeant Alan Wood said:

"People who stopped at the scene to help have been spoken to but I am keen to speak to anyone who may have actually witnessed the collision."

– Sergeant Alan Wood, West Midlands Police


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