Warning after rape on popular village footpath

The scene of a serious police incident on the Roman Ridge footpath next to Rosedale primary school, Scawsby. Picture: Marie Caley D2157MC

The scene of a serious police incident on the Roman Ridge footpath next to Rosedale primary school, Scawsby. Picture: Marie Caley D2157MC

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women are being warned not to venture out alone at night following a rape on a popular footpath near to a primary school.

Police issued the warning after the attack on a 25-year-old woman on the Roman Ridge footpath at the rear of Rosedale Primary School in Scawsby.

The victim was walking alone when she was approached by a man who was walking behind her who then allegedly pushed her to the floor before sexually assaulting her.

Det Cons Matt Dixon, leading the investigation, said: “I would urge all women to always follow the basic, personal safety advice by sticking to well lit main routes, not taking short cuts and wherever possible, to not venture out alone at night.

“We want to reassure the public that we are dealing with this incident as a priority and are continuing with inquiries to identify the man involved in the assault”

Police have carried out an extensive search of the area, however no arrests had been made and the identity of the man was not known.

The attacker was described as white, around 35-years-old, slim to medium build and approximately 5ft 8in to 5ft 9ins tall.

He had blond shaved hair, a round face, was clean shaven and, at the time of the attack, had distinctive lines shaved into one of his eyebrows.

He was wearing black suit-like trousers and a long-sleeved black sweat shirt with a leaf logo on the front. He spoke with a local accent.

Following the attack at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, March 22, police visited schools in the area to inform teachers of the incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 836 of March 22.