Woman sexually assaulted in Bagshot

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By mattcollison | Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 10:51

A CCTV image has been released of a taxi van police would like to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman.

Surrey Police want to locate the vehicle, which is described as a Mercedes Vito van which may be a silver colour and identify the driver. The CCTV shows the van in Pembroke Broadway in Camberley just after 3am on Saturday (3 November).

It follows the sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman in woodland in Connaught Park off Whitmoor Road, Bagshot, between 2.30am and 4am on Saturday (November 3).

The victim got into a vehicle, believed to be a taxi, described as a light coloured people carrier with three rows of seats, which was waiting near to Camberley railway station shortly after 3am.

Following a short drive the people carrier stopped in Whitmoor Road and the victim got out of the vehicle.

A short time later she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man.

Police are keen to speak to the driver of the Mercedes Vito as they believe he may be able to provide vital information to assist with this investigation. He is described as Asian man, slim build, with dark hair and dark eyes.

Following the incident police carried out an extensive search of the local area but the vehicle and the driver have yet to be located.

Surrey Police said it was reviewing CCTV footage in Camberley and Bagshot and conducting local house to house enquiries.

Officers cordoned off a section of Connaught Park to allow specialist officers to examine the area.

Detective inspector Chris Goodman, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a very concerning incident where a young woman has been subjected to what must have been a terrifying attack.

"We are following up a number of lines of enquiry but it is vital we track down the white or light coloured people carrier which drove the victim to Whitmoor Road.

"The vehicle is quite distinctive and I feel certain that people who were in the centre of Camberley in the late hours of Friday night or the early hours of Saturday morning might recall seeing the people carrier parked near the train station.

"Were you driving or walking through Whitmoor Road in the early hours of Saturday morning? Did you see or hear anything out of the ordinary?

"We are working closely with Surrey Heath Safer Neighbourhood Team officers as part of our ongoing investigation into this incident and I would appeal to anyone who thinks they may know the offender or who witnessed anything suspicious to contact Surrey Police.

"Serious offences of this nature are rare in Surrey but I can assure Surrey Heath residents that we are doing everything possible to bring the offender to justice."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference SH/12/4329, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.n Camberley just after 3am on Saturday (3 November).


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