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Clearer e-fit image produced of suspect from historic stranger rape in Godalming. Do you know this man?

06 Feb, 2018 13:53 Witness Appeals

Detectives investigating an historic sexual assault in 1983 have obtained a clearer e-fit image of the suspect that was produced 35 years ago and are hoping it might jog someone’s memory and prompt them to come forward with a name.

Detective Chief Inspector Jo Hayes who is leading the investigation said: “We have been following up information from members of the public and former officers since our fresh appeal went out two weeks ago but we really need to identify the man in the e-fit.

“Although many years have passed since the incident, we are hoping that local residents will contact us with information so we can finally catch the person responsible and bring him to justice. Due to the advances in forensic science we now have a DNA profile of the offender so any name given to us can be easily checked and eliminated.”

The incident happened around 4pm on Monday 20 June 1983 near Godalming Town Football Club and the Broadwater Park Golf Club car park in Godalming. A 16-year-old girl was sitting on the grass reading when she was approached by a middle-aged man with a dog and sexually assaulted. After the attack, the man picked up his dog and calmly walked away towards the main A3100 Guildford to Godalming road.

At the time, the suspect was described as white, aged between 40-50 years-old and of slim build with a paunch. He was around 5ft 10” tall with light, greying hair and a moustache. He also had a short, cut beard. One memorable feature about the man was the fact that he had a dog with him, a terrier type, possibly Yorkshire terrier, which he carried under his arm.

Jo Hayes added: “We are hoping that someone might be able to remember perhaps a neighbour, colleague, friend or relative who used to walk around with a terrier type dog back in 1983 and who fits the description given. We are also looking to trace an older woman who the victim remembers seeing in the area after the event and might have witnessed what happened.

“The teenage girl suffered a terrifying ordeal that day in June 1983 and we owe it to her to find the person responsible.”

Anyone who might have information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting Operation Fresco and reference number PR/45170055029. For whatever reason, sometimes people may wish to provide information anonymously and this can be done through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Watch Detective Chief Inspector Jo Hayes speaking about the case from the scene in Godalming 

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