Police were called to Heslington Lane last night after a 19-year-old student was subjected to a serious sexual attack.
The attack happened between 8.30 and 8.45pm when the student was walking from Heslington towards Fulford. It is believed to have taken place near the bus stop opposite Fulford Golf Club.
The area is currently under forensic examination by police officers.
The victim was pulled into the bushes and threatened by the man, before being sexually assaulted. She fought against the attacker and managed to break free and run to a friend’s house in Heslington. She suffered scratches to the face as well as being traumatised by the incident.
Police describe the attacker as “white, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, quite heavily built with short dark hair, aged between 30 and 40 with a broad Yorkshire accent. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark coloured zip-up hoodie and white trainers.”
The police are interested in any information available, particularly from students who will have been using the adjacent sports fields at the time. Anybody with any information should contact York CID on 08456 060247.
A statement from Halifax College regarding the attack says, “Students and staff are reminded to look after their personal safety and try always to walk in groups. Be aware of your surroundings (don’t wear headphones), and carry a personal alarm which are free on request from the Student Union.”