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POLICE APPEAL: Witnesses wanted following arrest of St Albans man for town centre sex assault

 Published on: 16th March 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 43-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault following an incident in St Albans town centre.

Raj Patel, of Ladies Grove in St Albans, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on April 29.

Officers are still appealing for further witnesses and for those with any more information to come forward.

At around 9pm on Saturday, March 12, a woman walking along Victoria Street was allegedly touched inappropriately by a man as she approached Marlborough Road. A member of the public did come to the aid of the woman following the incident.

St Albans Local Crime Unit officer Detective Adam Haines said: “A thorough investigation is underway and we are keen to trace any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch. We’re particularly keen to hear from the Good Samaritan who assisted the victim. Are you this man? Please get in touch if so.

“We also believe there may have been a second incident that may be linked where a group of three women were also confronted by a man in Victoria Street/Chequer Street at around 8.55pm. They may have important information that could assist us as well as another member of the public who chased a man down Victoria Street. If this was you, please get in contact as you may be able to help with our enquiries.

“Finally, if you were driving in the area and have a dashcam fitted to your vehicle, please check it and get in touch if you spot something that could help the investigation. Call 101 or email me at Adam.Haines@herts.police.uk quoting crime reference 41/20285/22.”

Information can also be reported online at at www.herts.police.uk/report or through the online web chat at www.herts.police.uk/contact. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

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