IMG_0040UPDATE 9/2/16 A man has been arrested in connection with this incident, read more in the Bromsgrove Standard.

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault which took place at a Rubery charity shop yesterday afternoon (Thursday 4th February).

A woman, in her fifties, was sexually assaulted by a man in the New Road shop between 3.30 and 4pm.

After browsing in the shop, the man waited until the shop was empty before assaulting the woman. Police believe customers may have entered the store during the attack.

The man left the store and is thought to have remained in the area before getting into his car – possibly  blue Volkswagen Passat – and driving away.

 

The offender is described as:

  • White
  • Fair haired
  • Early 30s
  • Around 6ft tall
  • Large build
  • Dark blue jeans
  • Red check shirt

Anyone who saw a man matching the above description in Rubery yesterday afternoon or who witnessed anything suspicious is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101.

One potential witness is a man who entered the shop after the incident. He may have seen the victim shouting at the offender. After speaking to the victim and hearing what had happened, the man left the shop in pursuit of the offender.

PC Darrall Jones said: “The man who entered the store immediately after the incident could have vital information that could help the investigation. It is important to stress that he is not a suspect but he could significantly help with our enquiries. I would urge him to get in touch via 101 at the earliest opportunity.”

If you have information that could help police please call 101 quoting incident number 476s of Thursday 4 February. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online via crimestoppers-uk.org

If you live in the Worcestershire area and have been a victim of sexual assault or rape, you can contact The Glade for support. Call 01886 833555 or email info@theglade.org.uk.

In Birmingham, contact RSVP for support on 0121 643 4136 or email info@rsvporg.co.uk

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