Last month a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in the Fishponds area by a group of males.

 

The woman was walking between Staple Hill and Fishponds Road at 11.30pm on Friday, November 14, when she was approached by a male asking for help. The lady followed him into the wasteland at the back of the May Tree Park School in Easton.

 

Once there she was subjected to a serious sexual assault by five to seven men. The male who approached her was black, slim and in his late teens. He was wearing a white Adidas hooded top with a black jacket over the top.

 

Police are now looking for two men who were in the Texican Chicken take-away in Stapleton Road about an hour after the attack. They have released CCTV pictures of these two men in the hope of the public coming forward with possible evidence.

 

A second assault occurred at 4.30pm on Wednesday, November 26, when a 24 year old woman was walking, again, between Staple Hill and Fishponds Road. She was allegedly taken from the street into silver Ford Mondeo and driven to Eastville Park, where she was subject to a serious sexual assault.

DI Will White said: "This is an extremely busy road and police believe someone may have witnessed this incident. We’d like to hear from anyone who may have any information to help with this enquiry.”

 

Three men are being questioned in connection with the attack.

 

The police do not appear to be linking the two incidents. However, they are keen to point out that Bristol is still one of the safest places in the country.

 

Chief Superintendent Andy Francis talking to me wanted to make the following clear; “please remember the chances of being a victim of a violent attack are extremely remote and the areas of Bristol and South Gloucestershire are very safe when compared to other areas of the country. It is sensible to be aware and take reasonable precautions, such as telling people where you’re going to be and talking with a friend if possible. You can also get rape alarms from our crime reduction units in the force. Contact your local police station on 0845 4567000.”