Woman ‘grabbed and sexually assaulted’ while walking dog on London border as police hunt suspect

A woman who was out walking her dog was grabbed and sexually assaulted by a man on the London-Surrey border last week, Surrey Police have said. On Tuesday morning, October 31, the woman was out walking her dog in Banstead, on the Surrey border close to Sutton and Croydon in London.

She was approached by a man, who first asked her for her phone, then sexually assaulted her. Police are now trying to hunt down the suspect, and have described him as white with an Eastern European accent.

Surrey Police say he is about 5″6 in height and of large build. The man is believed to be aged in his 50s. He was bald with a small amount of hair on the sides and a long, red/blonde moustache.

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The perpetrator was wearing black tracksuit bottoms with white lines down the sides, and a black puffed jacket. The incident is believed to have taken place in the open land between Cuddington Meadows and Banstead Downs Golf Club.

DC Charlotte Money said: “We understand that this shocking incident will have alarmed the community and we are doing everything we can to identify and locate the suspect. You may have noticed an additional police presence in the area over the past few days, and these will continue into the weekend.

“If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our officers if you see them on patrol.” Surrey Police are urging anyone with information or footage to get in touch with them.

They say: “Were you travelling through Banstead on Tuesday morning? Were you in the area around Banstead Common between 7am and 7.30am?

Do you have CCTV, helmet cam or dashcam footage that may assist our investigation? If you have any information that may help us, please get in touch quoting PR/45230123528 via webchat on our website at surrey.police.uk, online, or calling us on 101.”

If you do not wish to speak to police, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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