A woman was attacked in Barrington Road in Loughton on Sunday

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Police appeal after woman attacked Police appeal after woman attacked

Police are appealing for information after a woman fought off an attacker in Loughton.

At around 1am on Sunday morning a woman in her 20s was walking in Barrington Road, Loughton, when she was approached from behind.

The man tried to pull her to the ground but the victim screamed and fought back.

DS Steve Jones said that no description of the man could be given.

He said: "The man assaulted the woman from behind and because he was wearing a hooded top she was not able to describe him.

"He said nothing and ran off as soon as the woman screamed.

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and might have seen someone hanging around the area or running away.”

Anyone with information should contact DS Jones or DC Stephen Baker at Loughton CID on 101 on call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Additional patrols are being carried out in the area and women walking alone have been advised to be on their guard.

Advice issued includes avoiding "badly lit alleyways" and isolated areas.

A spokesman said: "Try to use well-lit, busy streets and use the route you know best.

"Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them.

"Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone and then offers to accompany you. This is a ploy some attackers have been known to use."

There is currently no street lighting in around 70 percent of Epping Forest between 1am and 6am.

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6:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

villager1 says...

well lit areas? where would that be then now lights are switched off at night? on your head Rodney Bass - of course it is a woman who is attacked not any of those blokes who said it would be safe.
well lit areas? where would that be then now lights are switched off at night? on your head Rodney Bass - of course it is a woman who is attacked not any of those blokes who said it would be safe. villager1
  • Score: 23

6:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BEFUDDLED says...

Perhaps the powers that be could look at the cost of extra policing since the lights were switched off - where's the saving?
Perhaps the powers that be could look at the cost of extra policing since the lights were switched off - where's the saving? BEFUDDLED
  • Score: 20

10:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

What crazy advice. 'Cars with engines running?'

What is this? How to create mass paranoia?

Would be better to say get a taxi home.
What crazy advice. 'Cars with engines running?' What is this? How to create mass paranoia? Would be better to say get a taxi home. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

2:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

IG9Resident says...

A spokesman said: "Try to use well-lit, busy streets


Er ... there are no well-lit streets any more. This streetlight switch-off is a charter for rapists and muggers. Not one person I've spoken to thinks it's a good idea.
A spokesman said: "Try to use well-lit, busy streets Er ... there are no well-lit streets any more. This streetlight switch-off is a charter for rapists and muggers. Not one person I've spoken to thinks it's a good idea. IG9Resident
  • Score: 5

1:36pm Wed 12 Mar 14

It's good to talk says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
What crazy advice. 'Cars with engines running?'

What is this? How to create mass paranoia?

Would be better to say get a taxi home.
Ok get a taxi home but what about the people that have to get the first bus out at 5.30am, do they have to get a taxi to the bus stop or train station? It seems the only people who want the lights out are the ones that are tucked up safe in bed at night. If the lights are out, what use are extra police patrols, the police have to wear night vision heat sensing spectacles.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: What crazy advice. 'Cars with engines running?' What is this? How to create mass paranoia? Would be better to say get a taxi home.[/p][/quote]Ok get a taxi home but what about the people that have to get the first bus out at 5.30am, do they have to get a taxi to the bus stop or train station? It seems the only people who want the lights out are the ones that are tucked up safe in bed at night. If the lights are out, what use are extra police patrols, the police have to wear night vision heat sensing spectacles. It's good to talk
  • Score: 3

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