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Woman fights off attacker with walking stick

Police are investigating the incident. Credit: PA Images

A woman in her 50s fought off a man who attacked her with a walking stick.

She was grabbed from behind by the man and was able to turn around and face him to defend herself.

After she had fought him off the attacker ran towards the area around Clift Street and Newtown Road.

This attack happened at about 10pm on Thursday, February 22.

The woman was not injured and nothing was stolen from her.

Cumbria Constabulary are investigating the incident and have said that it is not thought to have been sexually motivated.

The victim has described her attacker as a white man in his 20s, about 5'8" tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.

Incidents like this are very rare in Cumbria and patrols attended the area very quickly in an effort to support the victim. I want to praise the victim for her quick thinking, and her bravery in helping the police with their enquiries .

There will be an increased vigilance in the area, police have been door to door and are also working with the local community and businesses as part of the investigation.

– DC Ian Chappell, Cumbria Constabulary

Police have asked anyone who was walking or driving in the area of Newtown Road, Ruthella St and Lawson St around 9pm onwards and may have seen a lone woman walking with a stick to contact police with any information.

Police can be contacted on 101 or using crimestoppers 0800 555 111.