Witness appeal after teenager assaulted

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was approached and assaulted by a man while making her way to school this morning (Thursday).

Between 8.45am and 9.55am, the school girl was walking along a footpath which runs over the canal between Grovebury Road and Mentmore Gardens, Leighton Buzzard and was by the canal bridge when she was approached by the man, who tried to engage her in conversation before assaulting her.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, slim, with black hair and stubble. He spoke with an English accent, and was wearing a light grey hoodie with the hood up, a black puffa jacket over the top and grey tracksuit bottoms. He was also wearing black fingerless gloves and navy blue trainers.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Hamm, investigating, said: “It is vital we find out who is responsible for this; although she is now safe and has no injuries, the victim has understandably been left shaken by this encounter. If you were in the area at the time and saw this incident or saw a man in the area matching the description, I would urge you to come forward as any information you have could be essential to our investigation.

“In light of this incident we would also reiterate advice to students about being aware of their surroundings when walking to and from school – walk in groups, use well-lit areas and paths and don’t use ear phones while walking.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call DS Hamm on 101 quoting the reference number 65 of today. Alternatively can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.