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Police track down passer-by who stopped attack on Norwich woman - but appeal for more witnesses to come forward

PUBLISHED: 14:33 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 15 October 2018

A man has been charged with assault after a young woman was attacked as she walked into Norwich. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

A man has been charged with assault after a young woman was attacked as she walked into Norwich. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

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Police say they have tracked down a heroic passer-by who stopped an attack on a woman in Norwich and scared off the suspect.

Carrow Hill in Norwich. Police are appealing for a passer-by who helped a woman who was being attacked there to get in touch with them. Pic: Dan Grimmer.Carrow Hill in Norwich. Police are appealing for a passer-by who helped a woman who was being attacked there to get in touch with them. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

Investigations are continuing into the incident, which happened at about 5.25am on Saturday morning on Carrow Hill.

The victim, a woman in her late teens, had got off the bus near City Road and was crossing the road near the traffic lights when she was approached by a man.

He then followed her along Queens Road and as she walked down Carrow Hill, making inappropriate comments, before trying to pull her from the pavement.

But a passer-by intervened, causing the suspect to run off and stopping what police have said could have been a “more serious attack”.

Queens Road in Norwich. Police are appealing for witnesses after a man started following a woman there and then attacked her in Carrow Hill. A passer-by went to her aid. Pic: Dan Grimmer.Queens Road in Norwich. Police are appealing for witnesses after a man started following a woman there and then attacked her in Carrow Hill. A passer-by went to her aid. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

Investigating officer detective constable Eleanor Bull said the victim was uninjured, but was shaken up by the incident.

Over the weekend, Norfolk police appealed for the man to come forward in the hope he may have crucial information which would enable them to track down her attacker.

MORE: Passer-by who stopped attack on young Norwich woman from being worse urged to call police

And they said on Monday morning that they had found and spoken to the passer-by.

But they said they are still hoping to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time - including drivers with dash cams and householders with private CCTV.

Detective constable Bull said: “We are appealing for anyone with private CCTV, or motorists with dashcam who may have been driving around at the time.”

She said they had also received calls from witnesses with a potential sighting of the suspect in Christchurch Road at around 7am, and, while they are not certain it is linked, encouraged anyone in the area to come forward with any information.

She advised people to be mindful of their security when going out in the dark, and said investigations were continuing.

The suspect is described as black, aged over 30 and wearing a light coloured polo shirt.

• Anyone with information should contact DC Bull at Bethel Street Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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