Teenager attacked in alley in Brackley

Scene setter for an assault at St Peter's Park,Brackley.'120222M-E556
Scene setter for an assault at St Peter's Park,Brackley.'120222M-E556
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A TEENAGE girl has been left shaken after being attacked in an alleyway in Brackley on Valentine’s Day.

Sometime between 6pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday, February 14, a 15-year-old girl was walking along an alleyway close to Oak Road and Ash Drive, the St Peters Park Estate.

The teenager, from Brackley, reported to police that she was attacked from behind by a man who forcibly pinned her to the ground.

The man then asked her a question before releasing his grip and leaving.

A police spokesman said: “We do not have a description of the man in question. The girl ran to a nearby friend’s house. She sustained no injuries but was extremely shaken by the incident.”

Parents in the town were warning friends not to let their daughters out alone after dark via social networking sites.

One parent on Facebook said: “The council needs to relight the street lamps down all passageways where weirdos like this can hide!

“Please repost and warn everyone to be aware.

“Our streets are obviously not safe.”

Northants County councillor for the area Andrew Grant visited Brackley this week after hearing about the attack and said there were several working streetlights in the alleyway behind Ash Drive.

He said attacks like this were rare in Brackley and that it could be wrong to suggest street lighting was a contributing factor in the attack.

He said any concerns about street lighting from residents or police would be dealt with.

He added: “From the police’s own information, since April last year there has been a drop in crime. And of course we will be re-lighting the county through the new PFI agreement to upgrade all streetlights.”

Anyone with information about the attack should contact Brackley Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.