Sheffield woman attacked by man asking for lighter

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Police are searching for a man who attacked a woman in a Sheffield suburb after approaching her to ask for a lighter.

The 19-year-old victim was walking along Herries Road, Longley, when the attacker approached her close to the junction with Piper Close.

She told detectives that the man asked for a lighter, grabbed her and then punched her in her face.

The victim managed to run away and raise the alarm.

She told police that the man was black, between 30 and 40, medium build and had a strip of facial hair running from the middle of his lip to his chin.

He also had a small scar on the right hand side of his bottom lip, bushy eyebrows and short hair with flecks of grey.

He was wearing a blue hooded top and spoke with a Birmingham accent.

Detective Constable Benjamin Wood, from Ecclesfield CID, said: “This was a nasty and violent attack on a woman who was simply making her way home.

“The victim in the case was brave enough to try and fend off her attacker and managed to run away before she was assaulted further.”

The attack happened at 9.20pm on Sunday, January 19.