Hertfordshire police have appealed for information after a woman was assaulted in a play centre car park.

At around 8.45am on Tuesday, April 23, a woman on a bicycle was physically assaulted by a man in the car park of the Margaret Lloyd Playgroup on Washington Avenue, Hemel Hempstead.

After sustaining reddening to her arm, the cyclist rode away from the scene to seek help.

The man is described as wearing black trousers and a black hoodie with white stripes on. The victim did not see his face during the incident.

Detective Sergeant Yolanda Morales-Willis said: “I understand this incident may cause concern among the local community.

"We’ve been working to establish the circumstances around what happened and enquiries are continuing at this time to trace the man, including a review of CCTV.

“As part of the investigation, we’d also like to hear from members of the public who may have seen the incident or witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area around the time.

“We’d be particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a black SUV-style vehicle in Grovehill playing fields, between 8.30am and 9.30am on the day.


"If you have a dash cam fitted to your vehicle, please review any footage and contact us if you have captured anything of note.”

Information can be reported to Hertfordshire police online at www.herts.police.uk/ro/report or by calling the police's non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/32003/24.

Anonymous information can be given by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.