Woman escapes from attempted sex attack in South Yorkshire

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A woman escaped a sex attacker who assaulted her as she walked along a South Yorkshire street during the day.

The 23-year-old victim was walking along Athelstane Road, Conisbrough, on Thursday, at about 10.15am, when an unknown man grabbed her from behind.

Police said he attempted to touch her ‘inappropriately’, but she managed to break free and fell to the floor.

The man is then believed to have fled the scene.

The suspect is described as being about 6ft and was wearing dark clothing with a balaclava.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton said: “This incident has left the victim shaken and distressed. Luckily, she was not seriously injured as a result of this man’s actions.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area on Thursday morning who may have witnessed suspicious activity.”

Police are exploring the possibility it may be linked to other reports of sexual assaults at Denaby Crags.

Following a number of reports of indecent exposure and sexual assaults on women in Denaby Crags between April and November last year, police have carried out work to improve visibility and safety in that area.

Mr Singleton said: “As part of our ongoing investigation into the series of sexual assaults in Denaby Crags last year, we increased our patrols and used the force’s mounted and dogs sections to provide a visible police presence.

“Work has also been done to cut down trees in the area and change the environment, to try to make it feel more open and safe.

“We are not aware of any further reports of this nature in the area since late last year.

“We want to reassure the community we are taking this report seriously and a thorough investigation has begun to establish whether it is indeed connected.”

n Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 279 of February 26.