'Despicable' attack on woman, 96

March 29 2018

A SEXUAL assault on a 96-year-old woman as she waited for a bus in Staple Hill has been described by police as "despicable".

The incident, which was only reported to police recently, happened at around 4.45pm on Wednesday January 31.

The victim was on her own at the bus stop on Soundwell Road, Staple Hill near to the Portcullis pub when she was approached by a man thought to be in his late 50s.

The man, who claimed to be from the former Republic of Yugoslavia, repeatedly touched the elderly woman inappropriately before eventually walking off in the direction of Downend.

The victim described the man as being tanned, about 5ft 8ins, of large build with straight dark hair. He is also said to have a large face and big hands. He was wearing a navy anorak, navy jumper and black or dark coloured shoes with white soles which were possible trainers. He was also carrying a rucksack.

Investigating officer, PC Courtney Handley, said: "This was a despicable assault on an vulnerable elderly woman while she waited for a bus.I’d like to praise the bravery she has shown by reporting what happened and we are now making sure she has access to all the support she needs. We’re doing everything we can to identify the man responsible but we also need the public’s help. Do you recognise the description provided? Have you seen anyone matching the description in the Staple Hill or Downend areas during the past few weeks? If you can help, please call PC Handley via 101, providing the call handler with the reference 5218049342.