September 25th, 2016

Police praise passers-by after woman attacked at bus stop

POLICE IN Coventry have praised passers-by who stepped in when a woman was assaulted at a bus stop.

The 34-year-old from Earlsdon escaped major injury when she was attacked in broad daylight by a former partner as she waited for a bus on Foleshill Road near to the junction of Blackwell Road at around 3pm on Thursday, June 18.

An argument ensued and the woman ended up on the floor in a struggle before her attacker escaped in a silver Nissan Micra.

But, thanks to information given to officers by staff at a nearby bank, the 42-year-old man from Highgate in Birmingham was arrested just 20 minutes later on suspicion of assault.

Following questioning, he has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

PC Phillip Lewis, from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, commended the actions of the passers-by who stepped into help the woman.

He added: “Unfortunately, a number of them left the area before we arrived and we were unable to capture their version of events.

“Those people helped in her hour of need.

“As they were good enough to help then, I would ask that they help once again by picking up the phone and telling me exactly what they saw.”

As part of the investigation, officers have already spoken to the woman, some witnesses and have trawled through CCTV footage

Anyone who was in the area at the time and has not yet spoken to police should call PC Lewis on 101, or pass on informaton anonymously to police officers via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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