Worksop: Community reacts to ‘shock’ sex attack on jogger

Police cordon at Eddison Park Avenue

Police cordon at Eddison Park Avenue

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A community has spoken out in shock after a female jogger was attacked and sexually assaulted in Gateford, Worksop.

The disturbing incident happened just before 9pm on Tuesday 1st April.

Police said they were called at around 9pm after a 51-year-old woman reported she had been sexually assaulted on Eddison Park Avenue.

The victim was jogging between the junction with Carlton Road and Lancaster Walk.

She has had hospital treatment and is being supported by specialist officers.

Investigations are continuing this morning and extra patrols are being made to reassure the public.

Meanwhile police officers are continuing with door to door enquiries.

Coun Gwynneth Jones, who represents the Worksop North ward on Bassetlaw Council, said: “This is a shocking case which has affected the local community and I appeal to anyone who was in the area or saw anything suspicious to contact the police.”

“We don’t hear about incidents like this in such a quiet area and hopefully an arrest will be made quickly.”

“My thoughts are with the victim and her family.”

Local running instructor Roger Laidlow who leads group runs around Gateford also said the news was a shock.

“We use Eddison Park Avenue as part of our route and as far as I’m concerned it is a safe area,” said Roger. “We have never felt threatened or seen any dubious characters round there.”

“I’ll be checking up on my runners and sending out advice about running at night.”

Notts Police was quick to reassure the community that officers were treating the attack as an ‘isolated incident’, despite no-one having been arrested in connection with the attack.

“This was an isolated incident in an area which is popular with joggers, dog walkers and local residents,” said DCI Martin Hillier from Notts Police’s public protection unit.

“I am appealing to those people. Were you in the area between 8pm and 9pm? Did you see anything suspicious which you may not have thought much about at the time? Did you hear anything?”

“Any information could be vital to our inquiry so please contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident 868 of 1st April 2014.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.