Man who pounced on woman before dragging her into a woodland and raping her is hunted by cops in Oxford

A MAN who pounced on a woman before dragging her into a woodland and raping her is being hunted by police today.

The victim, aged in her 30s, was walking home last night just before midnight in Oxford when she was attacked.

Police said she was forced off the road and dragged into a nearby woodland.

Detectives said the man then ran off leaving his victim to be able to raise the alarm.

The attacker has been described as being a tall, white man of a skinny build in his 40s.

He was said to be wearing a dark-coloured jacket at the time of the attack.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector James Mather, of Oxford CID, said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation and we currently have a scene-watch in place opposite the Travelodge on Abingdon Road at the junction with Gordon Woodward Way.

“I fully appreciate the concern that this will cause in the local community and we are investigating this incident with the utmost priority.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area throughout the day, and I would urge anybody who has any information or concerns to please speak to one of our officers at the scene."

Police are appealing for anyone who was driving in the area to check their dash-cam in their cars to see if they may have captured anything that will help their investigation.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "We have launched a rape investigation following an incident in Oxford last night.

"The victim, a woman aged in her 30s, was walking on Abingdon Road at around 11.50pm when she was approached by an unknown man near to the junction with Gordon Woodward Way.

"She was pulled into a wooded area where the man subjected her to a rape. The offender then left the scene.

"He is described as a tall white man, of skinny build and aged in his 40s. He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket."

If you have any information relating to this incident, or believes you have witnessed anything that can assist this investigation to please contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

If you do not wish to speak directly with police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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