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Police appeal after sexual assaults

Friday 13 August 2021

Detectives investigating two sexual assaults in Hertford are appealing directly to two female Good Samaritans who came to the victims’ aid.

The incidents, which occurred on Hartham Common on Sunday 16th July between 8pm and 11pm, are being treated as linked.

Two girls aged in their mid-teens – were sexually assaulted by two teenage boys in separate areas of the common.

Following the assaults, two women comforted the victims and walked them to the car park to ensure they were safe before they were collected by a parent.

Detective Constable Claire Bowhill, from the Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: "The victims are absolutely distraught by what has happened and they have only recently felt able to consent to this appeal being released.

"Following their ordeal, the girls were helped by two women who accompanied them to the car park on the common. I would now like to trace these Good Samaritans as they are likely to have vital information about the assaults.

"If this was you, or possibly a family member or friend, please come forward and contact me as soon as possible quoting references 41/57635/21 or 41/57804/21.

"We appreciate that news of these assaults will come as a shock to the community but the team and I want to reassure the public that we're doing all we can to support the victims and thoroughly investigate what happened.

"We are working hard to identify the suspects in both cases and so I'd also like to make a direct appeal to the two other teenage girls who were with the victims and suspects for a period of time before the assault.

"We’re currently exploring several avenues to identify the girls as part of our enquiries so if this was you, please get in touch.

You can email DC Bowhill at claire.bowhill@herts.police.uk, use web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, report online at herts.police.uk/report or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

DC Bowhill added: "We have already carried out extensive enquiries into these assaults since they were reported to us, but I want to reassure all victims of this type of crime that it is never your fault.

"We take our investigations into these offences extremely seriously and you will be supported throughout the whole process."

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