Appeal for witnesses to come forward following a sexual assault in Appleton, Warrington Date published: 22nd March 2017 10.09am

Officers are urging witnesses to come forward following a sexual assault in Appleton, Warrington.

On Thursday 23 February at around 11.40am an 18-year-old woman was walking along the footpath between Cavesham Close and Broomfields Leisure Centre when she was approached by a man.

The offender tried to initiate contact with the victim by touching her and temporarily prevented her from walking away.

Officers want to trace the man who is described as being white, obese, aged between28-30 with a very stubbly, yellow beard all over his face and distinctive small eyes. He had messy, short hair which was white blonde on one side and bleached on the other and shaved at the sides. He wore a black snood covering the lower part of his face, a new orange/tan tracksuit with a zip up hooded top and a black zip. His trainers were white, including the laces and they were covered in mud.

Anyone who recognises the description of the man or may have been in the area around the time the incident took place is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 797 of 23 February.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.