The woman was walking along Beverley Road at around 2am on Tuesday, 26 February, before turning onto Beresford Avenue where she is believed to have been approached by a man who grabbed at her handbag.
A second man than also approached and both men assaulted the woman, causing her to sustain bruising to her face and abdomen and a cut to her stomach.
The first man is described as 5’ 9” tall and of medium build. The second man is described as taller than the first and of bigger build. Both were wearing dark clothing.
North Bank Commander, Chief Superintendent Phil Ward said, “There will undoubtedly be concerns following this incident for the local community and I completely understand how people will be feeling at this time.
“We are looking at establishing the exact circumstances of this attack, however we do believe it is an isolated incident and I want to offer my reassurance that we do not believe it is connected to any other ongoing police investigation.
“The incident is being treated as a priority and I would urge anyone who has any information to please get in touch with us.
“This busy area of Hull remains popular with students and young people, as well as local residents, and it does remain a safe place to socialise and gather. We have increased our presence in the area by providing additional patrols in and around the locality and we are available to anyone who wants to talk to us about any concerns they have.
“We are also working with the community and with the University of Hull to offer personal safety advice and messages and to advise people to be aware and alert to their surroundings at all times. Anyone with information is asked to call police on our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 385 of 26 February 2019
Personal Safety Tips
- Stay alert – be aware of your surroundings
- Leave venues with friends wherever possible
- Only use licenced taxis
- Try to stay in well-lit areas.
- Be confident and walk with purpose
- Take the most direct route and try to stay within areas where other people are around.
- Trust your instincts – if you think something is wrong then act on it.
- Have your keys available when you reach your home or car.
- Carry a personal alarm and use it if necessary.
- Report anything suspicious to the police on 101 – in an emergency always call 999