Thames Valley Police – ‘E-Fit Image Appeal’

Following the recent report of a lady who was attacked whilst running in Salt Way, Thames Valley Police have now released an E-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

If you have any information relating to this case or the individuals involved, please call 101 quoting reference ‘43180155009’. Or call CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. 

Between 5.45pm and 6pm on Tuesday 22 May, a 39-year-old woman was running in Salt Way.

As she reached Bloxham Road, the victim stopped to catch her breath when she was confronted by two men who asked the victim for the time.

The first man, depicted in this E-fit image, then pushed the victim backwards and she fell against something which prevented her from falling to the ground.

The man then grabbed the victim by her clothing and tried to snatch her running belt.

The two suspects were talking in a foreign language.

The victim kicked the shorter man between the legs and ran away, after which she realised that her headphones were missing.

The victim suffered a scratch and grazing to her leg.

The offenders are described as two eastern European men.

The first man was aged in his mid-twenties, approximately 5ft 2ins tall, slim with a shaved head.

He was wearing a light grey hooded top and light grey tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was also in his mid-twenties, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 9ins tall, and was wearing a dark grey hooded top, light blue jeans and red trainers.

During her run, at around 5.30pm, the victim encountered an elderly couple, a woman walking a dog and a man jogging and police would like to speak to these people as potential witnesses.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sam Bonner, of Force CID at Banbury Police Station, said: “The victim stated that she did not know the intention of the men but, as a result of the offence, she was missing her headphones, which are black in colour.

“It is not known whether these were stolen by the offenders or whether they fell from the victim during the incident.

“It is likely that many people were in Salt Way between 5.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday, and I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident, or who recognises the men in the description and E-fit to contact police on 101.

“I would also appeal to those potential witnesses mentioned to make contact with us, quoting reference number 43180155009.”