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Man sought after woman is sexually assaulted during Charlton area robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a woman was sexually assaulted during a robbery in the Charlton area of Andover at around 1pm on 31st August.

The victim, aged in her 60s, was threatened by a man with a crow bar who then sexually assaulted her before taking her purse and her phone.

The man has been described as:

• White
• 5ft 7ins tall
• Slim
• Wearing a balaclava, and sunglasses with a blue lens, one lens was missing
• Black zip up jacket and black trousers (not jeans)
• Black and white neck scarf

We are appealing for anyone who saw a man matching this description in the Charlton Road area and the areas surrounding it including:

• Harrow Way
• Parkview Close
• Silchester Road

Detective Inspector Lee McClellan, leading the investigation, said “This was a very distressing incident for the victim, and we are urgently appealing to anyone who can assist our enquiries.

The man responsible was very distinctive – dressed all in black, wearing sunglasses, a balaclava and carrying a crow bar. Did you see this man, or anyone acting suspiciously at all in the local area around this time?

You may have seen something or someone unusual, but not thought to report it to police. Please call us as even the smallest piece of information could help us.”

Chief Inspector Mark Lynch said “We understand that reports of this nature can be very alarming and concerning to the public, particularly those living nearby, but please be reassured that we are taking this very seriously and detectives are working hard to investigate this incident.

Officers will remain in the area over the coming days conducting house to house enquiries and regular patrols, both on foot and in police vehicles.

If at any stage you wish to speak to one of our officers to raise concerns or provide any information, then please do approach them and talk to them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44180329695, or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.