27th March 2017

Appeal for witnesses following serious sexual assault in Taunton

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Taunton.

The incident took place on Tuesday (14 March) between 15:00 and 17:00 on the canal path close to Canal Road.

The victim, a woman in her 20’s, was approached by a man who attacked her before fleeing the leaving the area.

The suspect is described as a white male, of medium build, approximately 5ft 8ins tall with short dark hair.

He might have had a moustache and been wearing sunglasses.

DC David Cousins said:

“Firstly, I would like to commend the bravery of the victim in coming forward and reporting this to us.

She is receiving ongoing support from specially trained officers.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the local area on Tuesday afternoon and might have seen something suspicious or a man matching the description.

Please come forward with any information you might have – it could prove crucial to us finding the offender and bringing him to justice.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 5217056876.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.