Man from Pirbright arrested in connection with attempted rape in Woking

ARREST - a man from Pirbright remains in custody

ARREST – a man from Pirbright remains in custody

A MAN from Pirbright has been arrested in connection with an attempted rape in Woking.

Police were called in the early hours of this morning after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in Greenheys Place, off White Rose Lane, near the train station.

The victim was travelling by train from London Waterloo just before midnight yesterday, when she was approached by the suspect.

After both alighting at Woking railway station at around 12.30am this morning the suspect offered to help the woman home.

She was led to a wooded area where she was attacked, leaving her with injuries to her face and neck.

The victim stopped for help at a nearby address and when officers attended the scene an area of woodland was cordoned off allowing police to conduct forensic inquires.

This morning officers arrested a man in his 30s from Pirbright in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody.

Detective sergeant Eddie Poole, of Surrey Police, said: “This was a violent attack on a woman who was simply trying to make her way home from an evening out.

“Surrey Police has specially trained officers who work with victims of sexual assault and we are doing everything we can to ensure her welfare. Officers have been working through the night and have arrested a suspect.

“Inquiries will continue today and I am appealing to anyone who was traveling to, from, or past, Woking railway station between the hours of midnight and 1am last night to contact police.

“I am also asking anyone who was out in the area around Oriental Road, Heathside Crescent and Greenheys Place and who may have seen or heard anything to come forward and speak to us.”

CCTV footage has been reviewed and officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries along neighbouring roads.

The suspect is described as a white man approximately six foot tall, of slender but muscular build with a shaved head.

He was wearing light coloured trousers, a long sleeved top with a motif on the front and carrying a black rucksack.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number WK/12/4488 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to give information anonymously.

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