From West Mercia Police:

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in a charity shop in Rubery.

A man entered the Barnardo’s store on New Road at 4.45pm on Saturday, 18 August, holding a notice which said that he was deaf and asking for a donation.

The woman indicated to the man that she had no money and the man put the notice away. He then walked towards the woman and put his arms around her.

The woman pushed the man away at which point, he sexually assaulted her.

PC John Coleman from Rubery police station said: “We know this man visited other shops in the area on that day and we are keen to hear from anyone else who may have seen him and in particular, any vehicle he may have got into.

“The man is described as white, in his late 30s, around 5ft 4ins, with a broad chest, and short, dark hair. He was wearing a navy blue baseball cap, light coloured tracksuit trousers, a pale blue t-shirt and a navy coloured shoulder bag. Witnesses further describe him as having a very tanned complexion.

“It is possible that the offender may have been part of a group who were going from shop to shop, begging for money. I would urge anyone who can shed any further light on their activities that day to call us.

“I would like to reassure people that this appears to be an isolated incident at this time and we have received no further reports of this man carrying out any similar offences in the area so far.”

Anyone with information about this incident can call PC Coleman on 0300 333 3000, quoting 46S 210812 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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