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 Detectives issue fresh appeal following Ouston assault


Detectives are issuing a fresh appeal for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Ouston as she walked her dog.

Just before midnight on Sunday, August 16th, a woman in her 30s was assaulted near The Cherry Tree pub, at a grassed area between Bradley Close and Walden Close.

During the assault, the victim was punched to the side of the face by her attacker, who then left on foot towards Bradley Close.

Police searching for the attacker have since carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area to speak to potential witnesses and have examined CCTV footage from surrounding properties.

Officers have also carried out extra patrols in the area to talk to residents.

The attacker is described as being a man aged between 20 and 40 years and around 5ft 9ins tall, with short dark hair.

He was wearing dark clothing and a dark face mask, with his hood up, but is also described as smelling strongly of cheap aftershave.

Detective Constable Andy Stephenson said: “There is a team of detectives working on this investigation who are determined to find the man responsible.

“We would appeal for anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area on the night in question to get in touch with us as quickly as possible.

“Incidents like this are thankfully very rare, especially in this area and I am sure the public will offer us all the help they can in tracking down the person responsible. Any piece of information could prove vital to our investigation.”

Anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage who has yet to come forward is also asked to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 and quote incident reference number DHM-17082020-0011.

You can also use the LiveChat on our force website or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.