Assault on elderly woman in Ashington

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EXTRA police patrols have been put on in Ashington after an elderly woman was sexually assaulted in her home.

The attack took place at a property in College Road on Saturday, January, 14 when a man knocked on the door of the house and forced his way inside.

He then inappropriately touched her.

The man is described as being in his late 20s early 30s, around 5ft 9in tall and of stocky build. He had blue eyes and blonde fluffy hair and was wearing a dark waterproof jacket and black trousers. He spoke with a non-north east accent.

The woman reported the incident to police on Wednesday, January 18.

Ashington Neighbourhood Sergeant Mick Kelliher said: “This is an extremely unusual incident and obviously causes us some concern.

“I’d appeal to anyone who may have any idea who this man is, or who was in the area on Saturday evening and who may have witnessed anything, to come forward and help us with our enquiries.

“Although the woman wasn’t injured, she was left extremely shaken by what’s happened and it’s vital that we trace this man.”

“Extra officers have been carrying out patrols in the area and speaking to and reassuring residents.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.