Woman punched and grabbed by van driver during early morning run

September 12 2019
Woman punched and grabbed by van driver during early morning run

A WOMAN was punched in the face and grabbed by a man as she was out on an early-morning job in Thornbury.

Police say the 27-year-old was assaulted in Gloucester Road, near the junction with Stafford Crescent, at about 5.40am yesterday.

They say the attacker was driving a white Transit-style van, possibly with a 61 registration plate.

After passing her twice he pulled up next to the woman, got out and ran around the front of the van.

An Avon and Somerset force spokesperson said: "Without saying anything, he punched her in the face and grabbed her.

"The victim managed to break free from the man’s grip and she ran towards High Street to safety."

The attacker was white, aged between 30 and 35, slim and around 6ft tall.

He had "mousey brown" hair, shaved on the sides and spiky on top.

At the time of the attack he was wearing dark trousers and a hooded top, possibly two-tone.

The spokesperson added: "We’re appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the time of the incident to come forward, especially as further sightings or a more detailed description of the van may help us to identify the offender."

Anyone who can help should call 101 and ask for Sergeant Sean Underwood, quoting the crime reference number 5219 209 432.