Surrey

Attempted rape near Woking station after train journey

Police are hunting for a man who tried to rape a woman after offering to help her home in Woking.

The victim, who is in her 20s, was approached by the suspect on board a train from Waterloo shortly before midnight on Thursday.

They got off the train in Woking at 00:30 BST and he led her into a wooded area near Greenheys Place. He then sexually assaulted and beat her.

The woman escaped to a nearby house and police cordoned off part of the wood.

The suspect is described as a white man approximately 6ft tall, of slender but muscular build, with a shaved head.

He was wearing light coloured trousers, a long sleeved top with a motif on the front and carrying a black rucksack.

'Violent attack'

Det Sgt Eddie Poole, of Surrey Police, said: "This was a violent attack on a woman who was simply trying to make her way home from an evening out.

"Inquiries will continue today and I am appealing to anyone who was travelling to, from, or past, Woking railway station between the hours of midnight and 01:00 BST last night to contact police.

"I am also asking anyone who was out in the area around Oriental Road, Heathside Crescent and Greenheys Place and who may have seen or heard anything to come forward and speak to us."

Earlier officers arrested a man in his 30s, from Pirbright, in connection with the incident.

He remains in police custody.

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