Serious Assault of Sexual Nature â€“ New CCTV Revealed
February 26, 2013, 3:49 pm
Detectives have issued new CCTV pictures of the man responsible for a serious assault of a sexual nature at a Shell Petrol Station in Dunstable last week.
DI Ruth Dodsworth from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit is
continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward with information about the incident that occurred on
February 21 as well as thank those members of the public who have already contacted police following the
publication of CCTV images showing the offenders legs, shoes and clothing.
The incident began at 6.55pm when the victim who is in her late 20s was leaving the Shell Petrol Station in
Poynters Road, Dunstable, and as she was driving off the forecourt a man opened the passenger door of
her dark grey 4×4 vehicle and got in.
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The man produced a knife and forced the victim to drive to Tomlinson Avenue arriving a few minutes after
7pm. An assault of a sexual nature then took place at knifepoint. The attack lasted approximately fifteen
minutes, during which time the victim sounded her car horn, and managed to switch on the internal light.
Despite being petrified during the assault, the victim fought back. She sustained injuries to her head and
The victim was then able to drive away from the scene of the assault and made her way to her family home
where she contacted the police.
The offender is described as being a white male, around five feet ten inches to six feet tall and of slim to
medium build. He was wearing dark trousers which possibly had logo on them or fluorescent markings,
and short zips at the bottom on the outsides. He was also wearing a dark hooded jacket with the hood up
and pulled tight round his face.
The officer in charge of this investigation, Detective Inspector Ruth Dodsworth of the MCU, is advising
motorists to ensure their car doors are locked when they are sitting in their vehicles and is keen to trace
anyone who saw the man in or near the Shell Petrol Station in Poynters Road or saw the dark grey 4×4
vehicle parked in Tomlinson Avenue.
DI Dodsworth said: “This was a terrifying experience for this lady to have to deal with yet she showed
extreme bravery in fighting off her attacker and raising the alarm. The victim has been left truly devastated
by what happened but has been courageous enough to share with officers exactly what happened during
this ordeal and she continues to receive support from her family and specialist officers at this time.
“We have spoken with another woman who we have confirmed was approached by this same man two
minutes before this incident, she had her car door locked so he was unable to gain entry to her vehicle. I
would urge anyone who may have also been approached by a man matching the description to contact the
“I would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who was in the area around the petrol station
in Poynters Road to get in touch – n particular, were you the jogger who ran past the Shell petrol station at
6.52pm? You could have information vital to this investigation. Likewise, Id like to hear from anyone who
saw the dark grey 4×4 vehicle parked in Tomlinson Avenue to also make contact with the police as soon as
Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact officers from the MCU, in confidence, on
01707 355959, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Attached is a selection of new images from the petrol station forecourt which show the offender.
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