Police renew appeal for serious sexual assault in Market Harborough

It’s been three weeks since a 17-year-old girl was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Market Harborough.

The girl had been walking along Green Lane in Market Harborough shortly after midnight when the man grabbed her and dragged her onto a nearby footpath where the assault took place.

The victim has described the man as white, of medium build, and between 20 and 40-years-old, with dark or grey hair. At the time of the attack he was wearing blue jeans and a coat.

What made the man particularly distinctive is a mark between his thumb and index finger on his right hand. This could be a mole.

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Detectives issued images of three people they wanted to speak to who are believed to have been in the area around the time of the attack and two came forward within hours. However, they are still trying to trace a third man. He could have important information.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonny Starbuck, who is leading the investigation, said: “For the past three weeks the victim has been helping us with our enquiries. She is receiving support from specialist officers and partner agencies and is trying to come to terms with this awful attack on her”.

“We are determined to catch the man responsible for this assault – and you could help us. There are two things I want your help with.”

“Firstly, we are still trying to trace the man in this image. Do you know who he is? Someone out there will recognise him. Maybe he is your brother, husband, boyfriend or mate? Please have a close look and call us if you think you know who it could be.”

“Secondly, while I appreciate three weeks may seem like a while ago, I would ask you to cast your mind back to whether you were in the area of Green Lane shortly after midnight on Monday 22 August. If you were, you could have information which may help. You may not think it is significant, but it could prove vital to our investigation.”

If you have information that could help detectives call 101 quoting incident 364 of 22 August, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.