Fresh appeal in hunt for town sex attacker

POLICE have issued a new appeal for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Market Weighton.

The incident occurred at around 2.30am on Sunday, 14 August when two women accepted a lift from a man driving a small red car outside the Netto store in High Street.

The car was driven along High Street, before one of the women got out of the vehicle. The man then drove the remaining woman along Holme Road where he switched off his headlights before turning left onto the A1079 and driving into a lay-by. It is alleged that a serious sexual assault then took place.

The offender dropped the woman off in Spring Road some time before 4am.

Officers investigating the incident have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

They are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the vehicle in or around Market Weighton to come forward to assist with inquiries.

The man is described as a white, aged between 25 and 35 years with dark coloured hair and thick bushy eyebrows.

Detective Inspector Paul Kirby from Beverley CID said: “The man switched off the car headlights whilst driving along Holme Road and the A1079, and I am hopeful that someone driving in the area would have noticed this vehicle.

“We also believe that the vehicle may have been driving erratically and at speed through Market Weighton before the incident occurred.

“The vehicle was parked in the lay-by for some time.”

Anyone with information or who saw the vehicle should phone Humberside Police on 0845 6060222 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

As the weekend approaches, officers are offering the following advice to woman to help them stay safe:

- Eat something before you drink - Don’t go out drinking on an empty stomach, the food will help soak up the alcohol.

- Let people know where you are going and when you’ll be home. If you are going to be staying out then let the people you live with know.

- Drinking in rounds may make you feel under pressure to drink quicker and more than you intended to. Also try and stick to a budget.

- Pace yourself and avoid binge drinking - know your limits.

- Don’t mix alcohol and drugs - the consequences of this could be potentially life threatening.

- Don’t leave your drink unattended, and don’t accept drinks from strangers.

- Plan your journey home - make sure you know where you will be going. Are you going back home or will you be staying with a friend?

- Have the number of a registered taxi firm in your phone or handbag - Never get into an un-licenced taxi.

- Never accept a lift from a stranger.

- Some taxi firms will let you pre-book a car for the time you want to go home.

- If you are out with a group of friends, ensure you stay in a group - Do not be in a pub or club on your own. Make sure somebody knows where you are at all times.

- Carry a mobile on you, which is charged up and has credit.