UPDATED: WOMAN IN HER 70S GRABBED BY UNKNOWN MAN IN SHANKLIN

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Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was grabbed by a man in Shanklin yesterday evening (Wednesday).

Hampshire Constabulary say they were called at around 17:30 to reports of an assault by the train station in Regent Street.

A woman in her 70s had been grabbed by a man she did not know. The victim screamed and the man ran off down a set of stairs onto Landguard Road, which exit near the holiday park and Lidl supermarket.

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The man is described as around 6ft tall, broad, wearing a dark top with the hood up, a dark mask, dark trousers and light-coloured trainers.

Officers investigating the incident are now asking for a significant witness, who may have information about an incident, to come forward.

The victim walked past a dog-walker – described as a woman wearing a bobble hat, possibly blue in colour, walking a black and white dog. Police want to identify and speak to this dog-walker to see if she saw anything, or saw a man matching the description provided running down Landguard Road.

Inspector Rob Abel said:

“The victim in this case was uninjured during this incident, but was left understandably shaken by what happened.

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“Officers will be carrying out enquiries in the area, but we will also have officers conducting patrols over the next few days. If you see us and have any concerns, or information, do not hesitate to approach us.

“We want to urgently identify the dog-walker to see if she perhaps saw this man or anything significant that could help us.

“Was this you? Do you know someone matching this description who walks their dog in this area?

“We understand there were vehicles passing through the area at this time. We would like to hear from anyone who drove through this area, including the lower part of Regent Street approaching the train station, between 4.45pm and 5.30pm and perhaps saw the man involved in this incident or captured anything on Dash Cam.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44210014346. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

UPDATE @ 19:00 – Following enquiries, a man in his 60s from Shanklin has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody at this time.

It’s understood the arrest took place prior to 16:00 this afternoon – less than 4 hours after the appeal for information was issued.

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Mr Mark
Mr Mark
11 days ago

IF that was my mum, I would either wait for it to be caught by the Police and released on bail, or pay to find out who did such, and the next time you seen it, it would be, if still alive in a wheel chair. NO if’s or buts.

The sentencing is now pointless as we have too many ‘others’ filling jails in the UK, so need to do something ourselves now.

Truth
Truth
11 days ago

That area is a meeting place for yobs, druggies, alcoholics and the mentally challenged.

There’s even a nice new shelter at the station for them, as for the description of the individual, thats the uniform of most people of this generation.

Bone
Bone
Reply to  Truth
11 days ago

Most of the population of the island then.

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Bone
11 days ago

Not really, most of the population on the island are elderly…

Not needed
Not needed
11 days ago

Yes, I reported the comment, as this is my mother and I was disgusted by it.

Last edited 11 days ago by Not needed
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