Woman sexually assaulted after accepting lift home from driver

A woman has been assaulted in a serious sex attack after accepting a lift home from a man in a car on Great Western Way on Sunday.

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Wiltshire Police have launched a investigation into the incident, which took place in daylight, and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward immediately.

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The woman was sexually assaulted by a man who offered her a lift home. The assault happened in the car park of the Fish Brothers car showroom at around 7pm on 3 July.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man and a woman in a black car, either in or around the car showroom at that time, or earlier on towards the Devizes Road end of Bath Road, in Swindon.

The man is described as black, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, a of a slim/average build and with black hair and a black beard.

The victim is receiving support from specialist officers.

Det Sgt Mark Lewis, from Swindon CID, said: “I would like to commend the victim on her bravery in coming forward and reporting this incident to the police.

“An investigation is underway and we have been carrying out enquiries to locate the suspect.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in this area yesterday evening and may have seen the vehicle, or its occupants.”

Supt Charlie Armstrong added: “I want to reassure the public that this incident is not being linked to a previous sexual assault in Swindon last week.

“However, we know these types of assaults are worrying for local people and there has been an increased police presence in the area and we are carrying out extra patrols to provide community reassurance.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Lewis at Swindon CID on 101. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse is encouraged to contact police or call The Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0808 1680024 which is an independent 24-hour helpline.