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Knaresborough serious sexual assault – two men traced but dog walkers urged to come forward

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Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Knaresborough have issued a further appeal for potential witnesses to contact them.

Two men seen in the area that officers wanted to speak to have now been spoken to by detectives, providing information that has assisted the investigation.

However, officers need to speak to people who were walking their dogs in the area of King James’s School, the cemetery and the school playing fields between 9am and 10am on Sunday 5 April. These dog walkers may also have important information, but have not yet contacted the police.

Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We have had a good response to our media appeal, and I am pleased we have traced the two men I was trying to identify yesterday.

“I am asking for anyone who was walking their dog in the area of King James’s School, the cemetery and the school playing fields between 9am and 10am on Sunday 5 April to get in touch with me. These people may not have seen the media appeals, or may not realise that they have important information which could assist our investigation”.

“If you were walking your dog in the area at this time, please contact me without delay.”

The incident happened in the playing fields of King James’s School, when a 17-year-old girl was grabbed by a man, described as 5ft 7ins to 6ft in height, and of large build – not fat, but muscular and heavy-boned. He was wearing baggy black trousers and an oversized black hoodie with a large pocket to the front, and his face was covered.

Anyone who can help with this enquiry should contact North Yorkshire Police by dialling 101 – select option 2 and ask for Harrogate CID.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Please quote incident number 12150055295 when passing on any information about this incident.

Last modified: May 9, 2018