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Fresh bid to trace Newport assault victim

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Two weeks after a woman had a hot drink thrown over her at Newport railway station, we are again urging anyone with information to come forward.

 

Having issued a public appeal within hours of the incident, which occurred just after 7.30pm on Wednesday, 20 September, our officers still want to hear from any potential witnesses, while we are also reappealing for the victim to get in touch.

 

A 32-year-old man from Birmingham has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and released on police bail, pending further enquiries, but we are asking anyone who was in the station’s coffee shop at the time to come forward - in particular, two potentially key witnesses.

 

Investigating officer PC Dan Heath said: “This was a nasty and seemingly unprovoked incident. The victim left the station shortly after and, despite our best efforts, we have so far been unable to track her down, so I am obviously anxious to speak to her to get a full account of exactly what happened.

 

“She was white, in her late 50s or early 60s, had short grey hair and was wearing a dark, hooded knee-length coat, a red and white striped top, grey trousers and shoes with white soles. Are you this person? If so, I would urge you to contact us as soon as possible.

“We are also extremely keen to speak to two women who were sat near the victim at the time. The first is described as white, in her 30s and was wearing a red jacket over a black top, black cycling shorts and light coloured trainers. She had a bike and was carrying a yellow hi-vis rucksack.

“The second woman was also white, in her late teens or early 20s, with shoulder length black hair, and was wearing black skinny jeans or leggings, a black hooded jumper with white stripes down the arms, black trainers and was carrying a black shoulder bag.

“Were you either of these people? If so, you may have seen or heard something which could prove vital to our investigation.

 

“This was a serious incident and it is imperative that we speak to anyone who was at the station, and particularly the coffee shop, at the time.”

 

If you were in the coffee shop at Newport railway station at around 7.30pm on Wednesday, 20 September, or have any information that could assist us with our enquiries, please call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 503 of 20/09/2017 Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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