NEWS | Police appeal for witnesses following attempted rape

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted rape in Ross-on-Wye.

The incident happened some time between 1.30am and 2.25am on Monday morning (22 April) on the pathway near to the Ross-on-Wye tennis courts on Walford Road.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, sustained minor injuries and was left shaken following the incident.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape.

Detective Inspector Mark Peters from West Mercia Police said: “We take reports of this nature very seriously and a thorough investigation is underway while the victim is being supported by specially-trained officers.

“I would urge anyone who may have witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious in the Walford Road area in the early hours of Monday morning to please come forward.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that could help police with their enquiries is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 85s of 22 April.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault who feels they may need support, or may not want to contact the police can contact West Mercia Police’s Victim Advice Line which is a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk