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Police have issued an urgent appeal for witnesses after a woman in her 70s was attacked in Epping
Police have issued an urgent appeal for help after a pensioner was sexually assaulted.
Detectives are asking anybody who may have seen suspicious behaviour in Epping on Thursday afternoon to come forward after a woman in her 70s was touched inappropriately, close to the tube station.
At around 2.50pm the woman was walking towards Station Road near the junction with Kendal Avenue, when a boy, believed to be in his teens, began a conversation with her.
He started to follow her and when she requested he go in front of her as he was making her feel uncomfortable, he touched her inappropriately before turning around and running off towards Bower Hill.
The suspect is described white, around 15 to 20 years old and of a slim build.
He is around 5ft 2ins, with a local accent and had messy, short brown, curly hair and was wearing a patterned shirt, white shorts and white trainers or plimsolls.
Detectives have made enquiries with local schools and are reviewing CCTV.
They are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 2.45pm and 3pm and remembers seeing the boy hanging around, or saw him running away.
Det Insp Rob Huddleston said: "The woman was not injured but left very shaken by this incident and it is important that we identify the suspect as soon as possible. If you were in the area, and we believe that a number of people were, please get in contact and tell us what you saw."
If you can help please contact detectives at Loughton on 101.
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