A young woman was subjected to a midnight sexual assault by a man riding a bicycle as she walked along a footpath in Wellington, police said today.Residents living in Agathas Close in Dothill, went to her rescue after the attack at about midnight on Saturday.
It happened as she was walking along the nearby footpath, St Agathas Way.
One resident, Graham Pinches, 55, said: “Everyone is quite surprised – there has never been anything like this around here before.
“Apparently a couple of people heard screams, but that’s not unusual around that time of night when the kids come back from the pubs at night.”
Forensic teams scoured the area for clues yesterday and carried out door-to-door inquiries.
Detective Sergeant Mark Jones, from Telford CID, said: “The man we are looking for is described as white with a tanned complexion, aged in his 30s and at least 5ft 9ins tall.
“He is described as being of stocky build with a round face and broad neck.
“He was wearing a heavy dark coloured jacket and dark coloured trousers or jeans. He was riding what is believed to be a dark coloured mountain bike.
“We are hoping that somebody will recognise the suspect from this description and will come forward and speak to us.
“The woman is clearly upset and is being comforted by family and friends.”
He added: “Thankfully incidents of this nature in Telford are rare.
“Police are following up a number of lines of inquiry and are determined to leave no stone unturned in investigating this and bringing the offender to justice,” said Mr Jones.
“This was a nasty attack on a young woman and the offender needs to be caught.”