Woman grabbed at bus stop

By Tim Clarke 25/04 Updated: 26/04 12:52

A WOMAN was grabbed at a bus stop in Barbourne and dragged towards a park during an attack by a man wearing a balaclava.

The victim was waiting for a bus outside The Wash House on the corner of Barbourne Road and Barbourne Lane when she was grabbed at about 5.30am on Tuesday (April 24).

She noticed a man wearing a balaclava walking slowly towards her from the direction of Gheluvelt Park who went behind her before turning right into Somers Road.

He then came back out of the same road and walked behind her again before passing into Barbourne Lane.

He emerged again and this time grabbed the woman from behind and pulled her backwards towards Gheluvelt Park.

A car drove quite closely past the pair and the man let the woman go before running off along the road in front of the park, towards the junction of Ombersley Road and Droitwich Road.

Detective Constable Karl High from Worcester CID said: "It is unclear at this stage of the investigation exactly what this man's motives were. He did not speak to the woman at all during the incident and made no verbal threats towards her.

"The man walked past his victim several times and did not appear to be in a rush. For that reason, others may have noticed him in the area and I would appeal for anyone who saw this man yesterday to contact us."

"In particular, the victim remembers a female jogger going past her while she was waiting at the bus stop. If that was you, please contact us as you may have seen something which can help us with our inquiries."

The man was wearing a balaclava throughout and is described as white, a little over 6ft tall, with a very slim build and a thin face. He was wearing black work style trousers and a black padded jacket.

A man in his 30s was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the incident. He has been released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the incident can call DC High on 0300 333 3000 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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