A girl who was seriously sexually assaulted in Northampton last month texted a friend “oh my God, I’m sure someone’s following me” minutes beforehand.
Northamptonshire Police has renewed its appeal to find a sex attacker who assaulted a 14-year-old girl in the Goldings area on Thursday, May 28, during BBC One’s Crimewatch Roadshow, broadcast from Rockingham Speedway this morning.
As part of the show a five-minute video reconstruction of the attack contained an interview with the victim’s mother, voiced by an actress.
In it the mother, whose name was not revealed, said her daughter had been to a friend’s house on the fateful night before getting the bus home.
It was when getting off the bus, shortly after 9pm ,that the young victim noticed a man following her.
“She was texting her friend at the time and said, ‘Oh my God somebody’s following me,” the mother said during the interview.
The Crimewatch reconstruction then described how the teenage victim chose to take a “quicker route to safety” along a pathway between Lings Way and East Butterfield Court to a friend’s house, as it would have been closer than her home.
But the attacker, described as bald, five feet two inches tall, with a closely shaven head and a distinctively large nose, followed her as she headed along the pathway which police have described as a “densely wooded area.”
The show revealed how the teenager took steps to evade the man following her by hiding in a area of ‘undergrowth’ of the woods by the footpath for a short time, and believed the man had walked on by.
But when she emerged from her hiding place, the man appeared in front of her and subjected her to a serious sexual assault.
During the programme, the mother revealed the lasting effect the attack has had on the family.
She said: “I felt cold, I felt sick, the bottom just dropped out of my life.”
And referring directly to her daughter she said: “She has been quite poorly. I don’t think she has slept properly for a while.
“How could anyone do that? She is 14 for heaven’s sake.”
Speaking on the Crimewatch Roadshow today, the officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, said the attacker is believed to have connections to the Goldings area.
He said: “it is a residential area so we think he is going to have links to that area, either living there or knowing someone in the area.
“It is not an area you would go to otherwise.”
Police released an e-fit of the suspect on June 2.
Anyone who has any information which could help are asked to call the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.