Additional officers will be on patrol to reassure students travelling to and from schools and colleges in the Westwood Ho area over the next few days, following reports a girl was sexually assaulted.
The incident happened at around 1.10pm yesterday, as the 17-year-old was walking along a cut-through between Westward Ho and Littlefield Lane, which runs alongside Birkwood Medical Centre.
She was approached from behind by a man with a deep raspy voice, who is said to have sexually assaulted her before fleeing the area.
He is described as white, in his 30s, 5ft 8in tall, of skinny build and of scruffy appearance.
He wore a black beanie hat, grey jogging bottoms and grey shoes with white soles. His trousers were tucked into his socks.
Det Insp Rhod Troake said: “We believe this is an isolated incident, but we will have additional officers in the area over the coming days to reassure students and parents.
“We would like to thank all those who have come forward with information so far and we are continuing to investigate the circumstances.
“If you have any information, or have seen anyone acting suspiciously in this area, please get in touch.”
If you saw anything suspicious, please call us on 101 incident number 16/29913/18. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.