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Vital witness sought following York serious sexual assault

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Police are appealing for a vital witness to come forward, after a serious sexual assault that occurred in the early hours of Sunday 25 August 2019 in York.

To assist the investigation, officers would like to trace a woman who spoke to two teenage girls in the area of York Minster and McDonald’s on Blake Street. One of the teenage girls was very upset, which prompted the woman to ask about their welfare.

The conversation would have taken place between 3.30am and 4.30am.

If you are that woman, or know who she is, please contact North Yorkshire Police. Dial 101, select option 2 and ask for York CID. Please quote reference number 12190158565 when passing information.

Update: the witness has now contacted police and been spoken to by officers. The investigation remains ongoing.

Last modified: August 30, 2019