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Appeal after sexual assault in York

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Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman was sexually assaulted in York.

It happened at around 8.50pm on Sunday 24 September on Melrosegate.

The victim, a woman in her twenties, was walking under the tunnel at Melrosegate, from the direction of Tang Hall Lane towards James Street, when he first noticed a man edging towards her as she walked past him.

When the victim reached the part of the cycle path that forks in to two, just before James Street, she looked behind her and saw the same man walking towards her, and he then started running towards her.

When he reached the victim, he put his right arm around her shoulders and his left arm between her legs and groped her.

The victim tried to get her attacker off her by pulling his hair. She bit his thumb area and shouted at him and hit him in the face. The victim ran away towards Morrisons and the offender ran off in the opposite direction along the cycle path.

The offender is described as a man aged 19-20 years old, 6ft 2/3” with mousy brown, ear length, messy hair with a sweeping fringe.

He is believed to have a defined jaw line with a thin face and is of slim build, wearing black baggy bottoms and a black Superdry anorak with the hood up and Velcro under the chin.