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APPEAL OVER NEW YEAR SEX ATTACKER.

Byline: Martin Bagot NEWS REPORTER

POLICE have issued a description of a sex attacker who pounced on a 41-year-old woman as she returned from New Year celebrations in Coventry city centre.

The woman was assaulted as she walked past a grass embankment at the roundabout of Gosford Street, Far Gosford Street and Sky Blue Way in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Police have now released details of the attacker.

He is said to be an Asian man, 30 to 50 years old and about 5ft 7in.

It is also now believed that after fleeing on foot he got into a silver or grey saloon car nearby.

West Midlands police officers say the attack happened between 3am and 4am on Tuesday and are appealing to party-goers who may have been returning home to come forward if they saw anything.

Officers cordoned off the grass area around Coventry's University's Sir William Lyons Building the next day as forensic teams searched for evidence.

Coventry's public protection unit is leading the investigation and police are hoping the public will come forward to help catch the attacker.

Det Chief Insp Dean Young said: "We believe this to be an isolated incident.

"We are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen this vehicle or for anyone who may have information about the attack to come forward.

"We believe there will have been people around the outskirts of the city centre who were on their way home after celebrating the New Year."

After the attack the woman was driven by West Midlands Police to be examined before being taken to A&E and treated for minor injuries. Police officers are now scouring CCTV footage of the area.

Sir William Lyons Building was taped off for most of the day and guarded by two police vans.

Coventry University released a statement saying it had no reason to believe the incident was related to the university in any other way than the fact that it took place on its grounds.

Anyone with information should contact Coventry's public protection unit on 101 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Cordoned off: A police officer outside Coventry University's Sir William Lyons Building.
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Date:Jan 4, 2013
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