Student attacked on way home from Egham train station

The 19 year old Holloway student got off a train at Egham station at around 10pm and was approached by two men, who tried to engage her in conversation. The student ignored the men and walked along Rushman Park Avenue.

The victim then passed along either Braywood Avenue or Daleham Avenue before turning right onto Whitehall Lane. Upon reaching Prune Hill, the student once again saw the men who had approached her at the station.

The offenders pushed the girl to the ground, physically and sexually assaulting her. The victim was able to free herself and ran away towards the A30.

Police have released a description of the two male offenders, both white and in their early twenties. The first is described as being of thin build, around 6ft tall and wearing a dark hooded top with a zip and jeans. The second man is described as being of larger build, around 6ft 1in tall, wearing a dark hooded top with a jumper over it and jeans. Police released a second statement on Wednesday 1st October saying they believe one of the offenders may have sustained a cigarette burn to his right forearm during the attack.

The victim is a white female, with straight brown hair, of slim build and was wearing a blue short sleeved v-neck cardigan, a white shirt with blue and purple stripes and grey leggings.

Police are carrying out a detailed investigation, which includes looking at CCTV footage from the area. Anyone who believes they may have seen anything to do with this unprovoked attack are asked to contact Staines CID on 0845 125 2222, quoting Crime Reference RM/08/3810 or to call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

College emailed all students immediately, urging all members of the Royal Holloway community to be vigilant and take care. Copies of the “Safe and Secure” handbook are available around campus and online. The College also advised students to use taxis or the non-res bus, or if this is not possible to stick to well lit main roads, many of which are covered by CCTV. Students are reminded never to walk alone at night.

Both Royal Holloway and the Police are keen to point out that “offences of this nature are thankfully very rare in the borough”, and that it is not being linked to any other offence.

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