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Plea for vigilance following two suspicious incidents in South Derbyshire

Alert message sent 30/07/2020 13:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

We are asking for walkers and joggers in parts of South Derbyshire to be extra vigilant following two suspicious incidents.

The first incident happened on Tuesday, 28 July, between 4.30 and 5pm on a canal tow path close to Aston-on-Trent (see attached map). A 47-year-old local woman was approached by a man who she describes as ‘trying to grab her’. She was able to run away from him towards Aston.

The man was described as a white man in his late 20s, chubby build, dark hair longer on top and shorter sides, wearing dark sports clothing with a zipped top.

The second incident happened at around 7.10am this morning (Thursday, 30 July) on the bridge that takes the footpath between Melbourne and Swarkestone over the River Trent. A 28-year-old woman was jogging when she saw a naked man jump from a bush. He did not directly approach the woman.

This man was described as a white tall, broad man in his forties, with light mousey/strawberry blonde hair and a small triangle tattoo at the bottom of his back.

Inspector Chris Thornhill, who is in charge of policing in South Derbyshire, said: “We are keeping an open-mind about whether the two incidents are connected, however either way they must have been very worrying for the two women involved.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who might have any information about who the men are or who has seen anything suspicious in the areas.

“My Safer Neighbourhood team are conducting additional patrols and they are being supported by the force drone unit.”

If you have any information please contact us using any of the following non-emergency methods and quoting reference number 20*390591:

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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