Young woman sexually assaulted near church in De Parys Avenue


A woman was sexually assaulted on her way home from a night out with friends in Bedford in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 5.

The 19-year-old had been in the High Street area and phoned her boyfriend to come and pick her up. However, she decided to walk up towards his home to meet him and when she reached the trees just past the church in De Parys Avenue, she was suddenly grabbed by a man who pushed her over and pinned her to the ground.

Police say that while she was struggling with him, her phone rang and this seems to have spooked the attacker as he ran away, taking her white Samsung Galaxy phone with him. The woman was able to get up and fortunately was soon found by her boyfriend coming in to fetch her.

The woman suffered cuts and grazes where she was pushed over.

The offender is described as an Asian man, in his twenties, slim built with a round face and short hair, and wearing jeans.

Det Con Amanda Durrant is investigating this case and would like to hear from anyone who saw either the man or the woman walking up towards De Parys Avenue, or any part of the incident.

The woman has shoulder length curly ginger hair and was wearing a lime green skirt and white cropped shirt.

Det Con Durrant said: “Obviously this is a very worrying incident and I’d like to hear from anyone who saw the woman walking up De Parys Avenue, possibly with a man following her, or saw what happened next.

“She was shouting for help and it may be that someone has heard or seen this incident but not realised the gravity of the situation.

“If you were in the area at about 3am on Sunday and can help us trace this man then please contact us as soon as you can.”

Det Con Durrant can be contacted directly at Bedford CID on 01234 275215; or via the 24 hour non-emergency police number 101, or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to leave information anonymously.