Pensioner assaulted on Peterborough footpath

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A 72-year-old woman is recovering after being assaulted by a man on a bike near Thorpe Wood Police Station.

At about 4.45pm yesterday (Tuesday), the 72-year-old victim was walking along a footpath near to Travelex UK Ltd and Thorpe Wood Police Station which led to an underpass beneath the A47.

A map provided by Cambridgeshire police showing the location of the attack

A map provided by Cambridgeshire police showing the location of the attack

A man on a white mountain bike approached her claiming he needed to see something before knocking her to the ground and assaulting her.

Detective Sergeant Tom Power said: “Thankfully the victim has not been seriously injured but she has been left incredibly shaken by this incident.

“She recalls seeing the same man at about the same time the previous day while she was on an afternoon walk.”

The offender is described as black, between 5’8” and 5’9”, slim, clean shaven, believed to be in his mid-20s and spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a bright red baseball cap pulled down low over his eyes, a Puffa style jacket which was bright red at the top and navy blue at the bottom, black jeans and dark trainers.

Anyone with information about who this man is should contact police online at www.cambs.police.uk/report quoting 35/72127/19 or call 101.