APPEAL: Robbery and sexual assault in Colchester

Essex Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed and sexually assaulted in Castle Park, Colchester, at around 9.15pm on Wednesday, October 24.

The victim was walking near to a children’s play area when she was approached by a man who demanded cash and her phone.

The woman refused and the man punched her to the floor, pulled out a knife and cut the victim’s face.

During the attack he sexually assaulted her as he searched for her phone and left the scene with her purse.

The woman described her attacker as being white, aged in his 20s, with light coloured hair and was of a skinny build. He wore dark tracksuit bottoms and a light coloured hooded tracksuit top.

Police believe the suspect ran off towards the town centre and would have been restricted to alleyways because the park was closed at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Colchester CID quoting incident 1411 of 24/10. You can also report information online or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.