Safety advice issued after woman, 19, attacked in Stroud
FOUR men who jumped out of a van and dragged a young woman to the ground in Stroud are being hunted by police.
The gang assaulted the 19-year-old as she walked along Cainscross Road in the early hours at the weekend.
The girl suffered injuries to her face and body before she managed to run off, Inspector Jon Smith said.
"Although this is very serious, incidents of this nature are thankfully uncommon in the Stroud area," he stressed.
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The gang are believed to have got out of a white van that pulled up alongside the young woman.
They were not known to her and Inspector Smith appealed for anyone with any information about the incident to contact the police.
The girl was approached from behind and dragged to the ground at about 2.45am on Saturday.
All four attackers were white males in their mid-20s with dark hair. They were of average height, around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 10ins.
Paul Helbrow, community safety manager at Stroud District Council, said nobody should make themselves vulnerable by walking home alone late at night.
"If you have to walk, don't walk alone and always use a well lit route. Keep alert, particularly females," he said. "Be prepared by booking in advance a licensed taxi. Don't accept a lift if one pulls up alongside you. They should be on an authorised rank." A further tip is to phone ahead when you begin to walk, stating your route and expected time home.
To help police inquiries, call 101 quoting incident 42 of January 12.