A sex attacker with a ‘distinctively large nose’ who attacked a 14-year-old girl as she walked home in Northampton on Thursday is being sought by police.
Officers investigating the sexual assault in the Goldings area have released an e-fit image of the man they are seeking in connection with the attack.
The victim was walking along an alleyway between Lings Way and East Butterfield Court in Goldings at about 9.15pm on Thursday night, May 28, when she was attacked.
Speaking today, the officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, described it as a ‘traumatic’ attack.
“Any sexual offence can only be traumatic,” he said. “The victim is going to need a lot of support to get through this.”
DCI Kinchin issued a description of the man they are seeking.
He said: “He is approximately five feet two inches tall, with a closely shaven head, which is almost bald.
“He is described as having a large nose - a distinctively large nose in fact - with red cheeks and possibly even red blood shot eyes.
“He is described as having a foreign accent, potentially an Eastern European accent.”
DCI Kinchin said patrols have been upped in the Lings and Goldings area over the weekend with officers conducting a number of door-to-door inquiries.
But he has told residents in the area to remain vigilant for the man.
“It is an unusual case, its certainly unusual in Northampton.
“We would say to the public, definitely be aware of your surroundings as you go out and about.”
The alleyway between Lings Way and East Butterfield Court effectively joins two estates and was described by DCI Kinchin as a ‘densely wooded area’.
Members of the public are being advised not to approach the man,if they see him, but to call the police force non-emergency number 101.
Anyone with any information or suspected sightings of the man in question can also call the 101 number, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police have this afternoon released an e-fit image and description.
The attacker is white, stocky, about 5ft 1in and in his thirties. He has short shaven hair, a round, red face and a large nose.
At the time of the attack, he was wearing a grey hooded tracksuit top with a zip at the front, dark coloured bottoms and dark trainers. He spoke with an eastern European accent.
Witnesses, or anyone who recognises the man in the picture, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org