Police hunt for Seaham sex attacker

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THIS is the pervert being hunted by detectives after a woman was indecently assaulted in an underpass.

The e-fit has been put together by a police specialist and the 29-year-old victim, who was grabbed and abused as she walked home from a shopping trip.

PERVERT HUNT: This is an efit of the man police are seeking after a woman was sexually assaulted in Seaham.

PERVERT HUNT: This is an efit of the man police are seeking after a woman was sexually assaulted in Seaham.

The shocking incident happened as she walked through the underpass on the path which leads from North and South Railway Streets, in Seaham town centre, and comes out near to St Mary Magdalen’s Church, in Harbour Walk.

As she walked underneath Tempest Road towards the train station, she was approached by a man aged in his late 40s to early 50s.

He grabbed her by the left arm and then indecently assaulted her, while making sexually explicit comments.

The terrified victim struggled to get free, and only did so when a passer-by asked if she was alright.

When she replied “no,” the attacker released her and ran off towards the town centre, chased by two teenage boys who were also on the path.

Police hope they will come forward to help with investigations, and have urged anyone with information which can help track down the pervert to get in touch.

The attacker was white, about 5ft 9in tall, of average build with a nose twisted to the left.

He had slight stubble, spoke with a local accent, wore a grey/blue shirt and had medium-length dark hair which covered his ears.

The woman was unhurt, but is still shaken following the incident, which happened on Wednesday, August 24, at 11.40am.

She raised the alarm after she reached her home.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Seaham CID on 0345 60 60 365, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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