A YOUNG woman has been left "very disturbed" after a man touched her inappropriately before exposing himself and performing a lewd act.
The 28-year-old victim was assaulted between 6.45pm and 7.15pm on Saturday, April 8, as she walked along Four Pools Lane towards Spinney Grove in Evesham.
The offender touched her over her clothing and grabbed her arm. When she turned round she saw a man exposing himself an performing a lewd act.
Police are now trying to trace a man and a woman, aged in their 40s or 50s, who were seen walking along the path and may have disturbed the offender – who hid in a bush.
Detective Sergeant Samantha Bache, of West Mercia Police, said: "We would like to speak to the man and woman – and anyone else who was in the area at the time – as they may have information about the identity of the offender.
"Fortunately, the young woman was not physically injured, but was very disturbed by the incident and we would like to find the offender as soon as possible so that he does not commit further offences.
"Whilst this type of incident is rare we would like to remind women to be vigilant when walking alone in secluded places and be aware of people around them.
"Plan your route carefully and try to make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be there.
"It's also a good idea to carry a personal safety alarm, and know how to use it, and a mobile phone to call for help if you need it. Don't have this on display though.
"If you see anyone acting suspiciously, or if anyone behaves inappropriately, report it to police."
The offender is described as a white man in his twenties, 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins tall, and of slim build. He was wearing a maroon and black hoodie with the hood up, and light blue trousers.
The police are conducting additional patrols in the area to reassure the community, while also working to find the offender and prevent similar incidents taking place.
Anyone with information about the incident can call police on 101, quoting reference number 359S of Tuesday, April 11.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.