Women urged to be ‘vigilant’ after sexual assault in Radlett

Herts Police have appealed for information following the rape in Radlett

Herts Police have appealed for information following the rape in Radlett - Credit: Archant

Investigations are continuing following the rape of a woman in Radlett three weeks ago, with police asking people to be ‘vigilant’ in light of the attack.

The victim, aged in her 20s, was attacked in a grass area near to the Esso Garage in Watling Street at around 2am on Thursday, November 26.

Detective Constable Kylie Smith from the specialist Sexual Offences Investigation Team, investigating, said: “The victim had been in the park for a short time prior to the offence and it could be someone saw her, or saw the offender.

“While investigations are ongoing, I would like to appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and saw anything which could assist our investigation to please contact me.

“Although there have been no other incidents of this nature reported, I would ask people to remain vigilant and consider their personal safety.”

Anyone who has any information which would assist the investigation is asked to contact the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

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Herts Police, which has launched the appeal for information on the sexual assault, has also offered some personal safety advice:

• Stick to busy and well-lit areas

• Avoid short cuts through quiet, unlit, secluded or wooded areas and alleyways

• Try to keep with friends rather than walk alone

• Don’t speak to strangers

• Stay alert

• Don’t listen to music through headphones whilst walking or jogging because you may not be able to hear someone approaching

• Make sure someone knows where you are going and tell them when you’ve arrived

• If you believe someone is following you, go to the nearest busy place, such as a petrol station.

• Take a mobile phone with you if you have one