CCTV clues to sex attack on JQ 'red bridge'

POLICE have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to in connection with a city centre sex attack.

A man is captured on camera just before a woman was verbally abused and subjected to a sexual assault on the pedestrian footbridge which crosses Great Charles Queensway and links Birmingham city centre with the Jewellery Quarter.

The 25-year-old woman had been returning home when she was assaulted having been followed by a man from Temple Row, down Church Street and onto the bridge.

A photograph has also been released of a woman who followed the man down Church Street and spoke to the victim when she witnessed the tail end of the assault.

The attacker is described by the victim as Asian, around 5’6” tall, slim and aged between 18 and 22 years. The man had a moustache and spoke with a Midland accent. Following the assault he ran off in an unknown direction.

Sergeant Jonathan Gill, from Birmingham Central police station, said: “This was a degrading attack which happened in a busy area of the city.

“There will have been lots of people who will have been out shopping or on work nights out.

“We need those people to look closely at the CCTV images of the man who is seen following the woman before she climbs the stairs to the bridge and contact us if they can identify the man.

“We also need to speak to the woman seen walking behind the man caught on CCTV and who spoke to the victim after the attack. She may not realise it, but she may have important information which will help us solve this crime.”

The attack happened at around 7.45pm on Thursday 13 December.

Since then, officers have worked hard to support the victim, retrace her steps, identify CCTV cameras in the area which may have captured the attacker and trawl through hours of footage to secure the crystal clear CCTV images released today.

Detectives from the force’s Public Protection Department are specially trained to support victims of sex crimes and sensitively question them to secure the best possible evidence following their traumatic ordeal.

Anyone who can name the man or the woman in the CCTV images should call Sgt Gill on 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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