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MAN CHARGED: Police investigating after sexual assault in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 1st March 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Hemel Hempstead are continuing to appeal for information as part of their ongoing enquiries.

Police were called at 2.25am on Saturday, February 26 to a report that a woman had been sexually assaulted in Hemel Hempstead High Street.

Officers immediately attended the scene and an arrest was made. An investigation is under way and the woman is being supported by specially trained officers.

Nawaf Sharidah, aged 37, of Latchford Place, Hemel Hempstead, has been charged with rape and attempted rape.

He appeared at remand court yesterday and has been remanded in prison.

Detective Inspector Mike Hanson, from the constabulary’s Sexual Offence Investigation Team, said: “Firstly, I would like to commend the bravery of the victim in coming forward and reporting this to us.

“Her actions meant that we were able to make a quick arrest and my thoughts are with her during this very difficult time.

“We are carrying out an extensive investigation and although an arrest has been made, we are still keen to hear from anyone who thinks they have information that could help. We’d be particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been approached in the area.

“Any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital.”

Dacorum Chief Inspector Jason Keane added: “I appreciate news like this is concerning however I would like to reassure residents that this is not being treated as a stranger attack. I am pleased that my officers were able to make a quick arrest and the case will now proceed through the courts.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/15756/22.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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