7th Dec, 2016

Police hunt masked men following Bidford attempted rape

Stratford Editorial 24th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE are hunting two men following an attempted rape in Bidford.

An 18 year-old woman was walking along High Street on Friday night around 11pm when two men – whose faces were covered with bandanas – grabbed her and tried to drag her to the churchyard on Church Street.

The victim managed to break free and both men then fled the scene in the direction of High Street.

The first attacker was believed to be aged around 30 to 35 years old, of a thin build and approximately 6′ tall. He was wearing a black hooded top, a black cotton bandana covering his nose and mouth, light grey jogging bottoms and red and black trainers.

The second man was in his mid 20s, of a thin build and about 5’3″ tall. He was wearing a plain black hooded top, a black bandana with a white skull jaw and mouth design covering his mouth and nose, plain black tracksuit bottoms and plain black trainers.

Both men were also believed to be wearing thin black cotton gloves.

Det Insp Jonathan Belcher said: “We are taking this incident very seriously and are eager to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour to please come forward.

“I would also like to reassure local residents that incidents of this nature are very rare, and we currently have additional officers working within the area to investigate this offence and to provide reassurance to the local community.”

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 483 of 22 July 2016.

Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or viawww.crimestoppers-uk.org