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Appeal after woman with toddler sexually assaulted in Torquay

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 13, 2012

WITNESS APPEAL: The scene of the attack at the junction of Coombe Lane and Trumlands Road

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A YOUNG woman has been sexually assaulted in Torquay, while carrying a toddler.

The woman, in her 20s, was attacked by a stranger as she was returning from shops, carrying a young boy in her arms.

It happened at about 10.30pm on Easter Monday, April 9, as the woman was returning from the Tesco Express on Lymington Road.

Detectives are now trying to trace two witnesses who walked passed the scene of the sexual assault but did not intervene.

The attack happened on the junction of Coombe Lane, near Cuthbert Mayne School, opposite Trumlands Road in Torquay.

Police say the attack was a sexual assault.

Afterwards the victim was undergoing medical tests.

Dc Steve Fleetwood, who is appealing for witnesses, said: "The young woman was walking back home with a small child in her arms.

"A man approached her and spoke to her before the assault, which happened while she still had the child in her arms."

The victim has identified two possible members of the public who walked past at the time of the incident but cannot recall any descriptions.

Police are asking those two people to come forward to help with their investigation.

The victim was wearing a dark blue jacket and leggings.

After the attack, the man continued to follow the woman and child.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the assault and released on bail until July 5.

Anybody with information can ring Dc Fleetwood on the Devon and Cornwall non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number FT12/2633 of April 9 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or on the website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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  • jonnieboi  |  April 15 2012, 11:32AM

    For those of you who question why a woman should be out at night with a child? Ask yourself why shouldn't she be? She didn't scream perhaps because the child was asleep and would have woken up to witness it's mothers sexual assault. I can't believe the ignorance and stupidity of some people. Brookesdoy you are right; there is something not right with this story, a woman was assualted with her child, 2 people saw it and walked on. I know it is Torquay so you should not expect any better from the degenerates living there but really how low will Torquay sink. This is what you get when your economy is letting rooms and not asking too many questions.

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  • Rastafaright  |  April 12 2012, 9:50PM

    This not be right mon. How can anyone attack a lady with a child. It is sick man. The town be catchin fire. not safe I say, not safe.

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  • UberAlice  |  April 12 2012, 9:20PM

    brookesboy - 'Why was she out at 10.30 at night' brookesboy - 'why did she not scream' Dave David - 'No record on the police web site' To the above. She was attacked in a tourist resort at 10.30 whilst carrying a small child. Why do we offer councilling, advice and hostel accomodation to sex offenders in the centre of a tourist resort. And why do you attempt to justify or excuse the attack.

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  • Chunder123  |  April 12 2012, 6:46PM

    find him and putta destroyer in his pants

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  • brookesdoy  |  April 12 2012, 3:19PM

    Why was she out at 10.30 at night with a small child? Why did she not go to the nearest house for help if he was still following her - why did she not scream to the people nearby - I would say known to the person - there is something not right with this story at all.

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  • Dave_David  |  April 12 2012, 2:01PM

    There is no record on the Devon & Cornwall Police site nor is there any report http://tinyurl.com/ye2jayh about this incident...just saying.

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  • jlr12  |  April 12 2012, 1:16PM

    thats absolutely disgusting

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  • UberAlice  |  April 12 2012, 12:06PM

    When Torquay is not safe for a mother carrying a child you have to as why should it be considered a family resort.

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