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Police warning after woman approached at St Austell beauty spot

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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A MAN propositioned a lone woman in broad daylight as she walked her dog at a beauty spot near St Austell.

The woman, in her 50s, was walking along Blackhead on Saturday at approximately 1.30pm, when she was approached by the man who started talking and then made suggestive comments.

The incident has sparked an appeal from St Austell police for witnesses and a warning to other women to be alert.

PC Jay Dorman, neighbourhood beat manager for the area, said: "As a result of the comment made by the male she felt threatened and intimidated.

"However, she kept herself together and walked away from the male."

He branded the man's behaviour appalling and said officers were keen to talk to any witnesses who may have seen the exchange.

Mr Dorman said they will be stepping up police patrols in the area for some time as a result of the incident but he does not wish to alarm other women.

"I'd urge other women to be careful, make sure people know where you are going and make sure your phone is to hand and fully charged," he said.

The victim, who lives locally but wishes to remain anonymous, told the Cornish Guardian she was intimidated by the encounter and said for a more timid woman it could have been much more frightening.

She said: "The message I would like to go out to the would-be perpetrator is that he should reflect upon the consequences of this sort of thing.

"I think a police caution will hopefully wake him up from this sexual fantasy, which is leading to a lot of shame and disgrace."

The man is described as white, approximately 6ft 2in tall, aged between 25 and 35, and was of medium to large build.

He had brown straight hair and was wearing silver and grey trainers.

Anyone with information should call PC Dorman on 101 quoting the reference 128.

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