Sticklepath sex attack: Second incident under investigation

Police want to speak to new witness over possible assault

POLICE in Barnstaple investigating a sexual assault on a woman are trying to trace a potential witness following an incident in the same area a few days later.

The first incident occurred on Monday, November 21 at around 6.50pm in the area of Old Sticklepath Hill when the victim, a woman in her 20s, was sexually assaulted by a man.

Following enquires a man, aged in his 30s, was arrested in connection with the alleged assault and later released on police bail until January 19.

Police are now trying to identify a potential female witness to a second incident, who may have been using her mobile phone while walking in the area of Sticklepath Terrace, Barnstaple at around 12.30am on Thursday, December 1.


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She appeared to be in a distressed state while talking on her mobile telephone and the conversation indicated that she may have been followed and assaulted by a man.

The woman is described only as being in her 20s with no discernable accent.

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If you are that woman, or have any idea who she is, telephone police on 101 quoting police reference 257 011211.

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