A BUCKINGHAM University student bravely fought off a man who attacked her at her front door.
The assault took place at 11.30pm on Thursday, January 12, as the 20-year-old second-year student was walking home from a night out in town.
As she put the key into the front door of her house in Fishers Field, an unknown man grabbed her by the left arm from behind.
She fought him off by striking him in the face with her door key, causing injury to his left cheek or eye. The attacker shouted some expletives and ran off.
Police are asking for the community’s help in finding the attacker.
The woman said he was of mixed race or Asian appearance, 6ft tall, of slim build and wearing a dark-coloured hoodie. She thought his accent sounded Nigerian.
PC Richard Davis appealed for any witnesses to the attack, or anyone who knows someone who has recently been seen with an injury to the left side of his face, to come forward.
He said: “It was terrifying for her at the time and it has made her very wary about walking the streets of Buckingham safely. She and her friends are obviously very mindful of going out at all now.”
He said the woman, along with some other second-years, was coming home after taking a group of freshers for a night out in town.
She walked as far as Londis with her friend, then walked round the corner on her own.
PC Davis said: “We need to work as a community to deal with this.
“This male could have attacked other people. He could attack other people.”
In August last year, a university student was attacked in an attempted robbery. James O’Toole, 22, of Lenborough Road was sent to prison over the incident.
Anyone with information should call the police non-emergency number 101, quoting AG/3983991/12 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.