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Police renew appeal after incident where woman was chased

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Officers investigating an incident where a woman was chased through woods in Tetbury last week have issued a renewed appeal for other witnesses or victims to come forward.

There was a report from 4 July where a woman who was walking dogs in the area of Chavenage Lane woods at around 1pm felt as though she was being watched and followed by a man.

He appeared to be trying to hide from her, and the man ran away after he was spotted.

Police have said that they are aware of comments on social media where other women have reported they have felt as though they have been watched or followed by a man while out on a walk or walking their dog.

Investigating officers are asking for anyone who has had this happen to them, and has not already reported this to police, to come forward.

You can provide information to Gloucestershire Constabulary online by completing the following form and quoting incident 270 of 28 July: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/a-crime-that-has-already-been-reported

Detective Inspector Paula Hannaford said: “Our detectives are reviewing lots of information which has already been provided to us following public appeals, and we’re grateful to everyone who has come forward so far.

“However we want to ensure that all of the information which is being spoken about online in different Facebook groups, has also been reported to us, and that’s why we’re urging for anyone who has had something similar happen to them to please come forward – no matter how small you feel the information may be.”

The victim from the incident which happened last Thursday, 28 July was walking her dogs in Hermit’s Cave Woods at 1.15pm when a man began following her. She fled the area, but the man continued to run after her.

It was only when the victim flagged down a cyclist that the man left. Police are continuing to appeal to this male cyclist to come forward.

The man who chased the woman was described as being a white man, aged between 40 and 50 with broad shoulders and tanned arms.

He had fair hair that was thinning and was physically fit with an athletic build.

At the time the man was wearing a burgundy/purple t-shirt with a round neck, dark trousers with pockets and dark shoes.

Investigating officers have released an E-fit image of a man police want to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.

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