Woman sexually assaulted in broad daylight on Herts canal towpath

Detectives are continuing to investigate a report of a serious sexual assault which occurred in broad daylight.

At around 3pm on Friday, March 12, a female was sexually assaulted on the canal towpath near Red Lion Lane in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.

A man, who is in his 40s and from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was arrested in connection with the investigation on the evening of March 12 and interviewed in custody.

He has since been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Michael Macbeth, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT) said: “Specialist officers are continuing to support the victim and are working to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

“As part of this, officers have been in the area again today, to conduct additional enquiries a week on.

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“We understand that news of this assault will be shocking and upsetting for the community. We want to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to support the victim and thoroughly investigate what happened.

“If you have any information that you believe could assist our investigation please get in contact.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in their Force Communications Room via an online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 695 of 12 March, 2021.

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent 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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