Detectives investigating a sexual assault on a woman in Andover on May 3 are appealing for a cyclist to contact them.

It is thought that the cyclist may have scared the offender away.

At around 10.40pm the 27-year-old victim was walking along an alleyway in Cricketers Way when she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man. She managed to fight off the offender and he ran into the bushes. The victim then called her friends who came to her assistance. The assault left her with injuries to her hands and head.

The offender was described as white with dark hair and blue eyes. He was wearing jeans and white trainers.

Officers are also looking to speak with a couple that came to the victim’s aid before her friends arrived.

Since the incident was reported, extensive enquiries have been carried out, including house to house enquiries and reviewing CCTV in the area.

Detective Constable Alexander Hall said: “I understand that there will be some concern within the local community about what has happened and that it is only now that we have provided details about this incident.

“Please be assured that since it was reported to us, we have been conducting significant enquiries in the area and have extra officers out on patrol.

“Key to this investigation is tracing the cyclist and the couple who assisted the victim to after the incident. We would urge them to get in touch as soon as possible.

“If you can help, please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Hall in the Northern Investigation Team on 101 quoting 44150149451. Alternatively, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.