POLICE stood guard at a secondary school gates this week after a sexual assault on a 28-year-old woman nearby.
Officers made the move to send PCSOs to Kirk Hallam Community College on Wednesday and Thursday morning and home time to ‘reassure’ parents and students and stressed it was an ‘extremely unusual’ type of attack for our area.
The attack happened as the woman was walking on the path which runs between Kniveton Park and Manor Fields Drive, along the edge of the Pewit Gold Course.
A man, described by the victim to police as smelling strongly of dog, approached her and sexually assaulted her at about 11am last Wednesday.
She struggled with the man and he ran off.
Insp Nick Daines at Ilkeston Police Station confirmed there had been a police presence at the Godfrey Drive school.
“Incidents of this kind are extremely unusual,” he said.
“Inevitably it will cause some concern in the local community but officers have been in the locality to reassure people.”
She has described him as white, about 6ft tall and slim.
He was scruffy and had dark eyes and dark stubble and was wearing a black wool beanie hat, which was covered in dog hair. She told police he had a strong smell of the animals about him.
He also wore a black, padded, zip-up waterproof jacket with a white Umbro logo on the left side of the chest and two white stripes down the length of both sleeves.
He had on black trousers and dirty white Mercury trainers. He may have scratch marks on his face.
Investigating officer Det Con Claudia Musson said: “Due to the location of the incident, we believe that this man must be familiar with the local area.
“We are also interested in speaking to a man who was seen in the area of the Nutbrook Trail on the same day.
“He was wearing dark clothing, specifically dark trousers with red stripes down the legs. He was riding a bicycle.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man in the area matching either of these descriptions, perhaps acting suspiciously, to come forward and speak to officers.”
Insp Daines added that the second man is not currently a suspect but he may have witnessed something.
No one from Kirk Hallam Community College was available for a comment when the Advertiser called this week.
Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.