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Appeal following assault on woman in Oxford Street

News   •   Dec 14, 2018 06:00 GMT

Detectives are appealing for information following an assault in central London.

The victim of the assault - which is being treated as racially aggravated - has also made an appeal to members of the public to come forward in order to help police catch the perpetrators.

The 22-year-old woman, who is known as 'Mary Lee' [she does not wish to reveal her real name to protect her identity] reported how she had rubbish thrown at her by a group of people before being subjected to a physical assault on Oxford Street junction with Winsley Street last month near Marks and Spencers.

She received minor injuries as a result of the attack on the afternoon of Sunday, 11 November around 17:40hrs.

Police received an online report of the incident at 22:35hrs on the same day - and are treating it as a potentially racially aggravated assault due to comments that were reportedly made to the victim.

The suspects - who may have been students - were reported to have been seen heading towards McDonalds nearby following the incident.

Mary has now issued a direct plea to any witnesses or any members of the public who might have information that could assist the investigation team. She said: "I would like to find witnesses who can testify to what happened - and it would be very helpful if any member of the public had happened to make a recording of the incident, perhaps on their phone or tablet. If anyone out there has something like this, please do not hesitate to send the video to police."

Investigating officer PC Anton Brown, from the Community Safety Unit at Westminster, said: "We really need the public's help in this case so that we can progress our enquiries.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened and urging them to come forward. However small the piece of information, it could prove vital to us."

No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.

Westminster CSU can be contacted on 101or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.
You can also information to police via @MetCC


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