Police’s advice to women after Sunday sex assault

    Tunbridge Wells Suspect

    Kent Police are hunting a sex offender with scratches across his face following reports a woman in her 20s suffered a serious sexual assault near Tunbridge Wells Common on Sunday evening.

    Officers have released a computer generated image of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the incident, which took place in a wooded area just off Major York’s Road, opposite the entrance to Nevill Park. The victim reported she was walking uphill, towards the A264, when she was assaulted at about 6pm.

    Scratches

    The suspect is described as white, in his 30s and about 6ft tall. He was wearing a navy blue top and dark trousers. It is likely he has scratches on his face. Officers are trying to trace the victim’s phone, which was dropped at the scene.

    District Chief Inspector Dave Pate said: “We believe the offender will have scratches to his face and this is a distinguishing feature we would like people to consider.

    “The victim dropped her mobile phone during the assault and we are keen to trace this. It was in a red case and we would appeal to anyone who finds the phone or the case to not touch it but to call police immediately.

    “We are continuing to support the victim and would appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how small, to contact us as soon as possible.”

    Homeless

    The wooded area, between Major York’s Road and Linden Park Cricket Club, is popular with dog walkers.

    Wooded parts of the common are also known to shelter the homeless. In July, commons warden Steve Budden told the Times he moves around a dozen small groups of rough sleepers each year.

    But he stressed he had ‘very good co-operation’ with the police on the issue.

    Officers have advised people to avoid travelling alone at night. In addition they urge people to stick to busy, well-lit routes and avoid shortcuts through isolated areas.