Fifth woman sexually assaulted in Oxford in a week

A 19-year-old has become the fifth woman in Oxford to be sexually assaulted in a week, police have said.

The victim was punched in the head several times in the attack in Westbury Crescent, Cowley, early on Sunday.

Police have not ruled out a link to four other recent sexual attacks in the Southfield Road area of the city.

The attacker is described as in his late 20s, about 5ft 6in, clean shaven, of medium build, with dark hair and olive skin and is possibly Albanian.

Police said the offender, who was wearing a light-coloured, sleeveless polo-style top, approached his victim from behind and pushed her to the ground, at about 0330 BST.

She managed to break free after being sexually assaulted and ran off in the direction of Rose Hill Road.

'Very serious'

The attack came three days after two women, aged 19 and 20, were attacked by a man in the early hours of Thursday in the Southfield Road area.

Two other women, aged 21 and 24, were also the victims of similar attacks in the area early on Sunday 29 May.

Det Sgt Steve Raffield, of Thames Valley Police, said: "At this time we are not ruling out that this might be connected to the previous sexual assaults in the Southfield Road area."

A dedicated team is investigating the attack while officers carry out house-to-house enquiries and the neighbourhood team has increased patrols in the area, police said.

"This was a very serious incident that has left the victim shaken and with injuries from the assault", Det Sgt Raffield added.

Anyone with information about any of the attacks is asked to contact Thames Valley Police.

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