POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Dilkes Park, South Ockendon.
She was left with serious bruising to her face after it was stamped on during the attack. It happened sometime between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday, September 24.
The victim, aged 38, and from South Ockendon was walking along Fairham Avenue when she passed a group of six men who were standing on the edge of the park. She cut through the park on her way home and the group followed her. She was tripped up and knocked unconscious and she thinks she may have had her face stamped on. She woke up and managed to crawl away to safety.
Investigating officer Pc Emma Ridings said: "The victim had two black and swollen eyes, grazes to her jaw line on both sides of her face and grazes to her forehead. Her clothing was also ripped.
"There were two people in the park who may have seen what happened. One was a man riding a mountain bike and the other is a dog walker. He is described as an older man who was wearing a long mac type coat and was walking two small light coloured dogs. The dogs were on two chains but one lead. I would like these possible witnesses to get in touch with me but I would also be grateful for information from anyone who may know anything about what happened.”
The six men are all believed to be white. The victim managed to give officers a description of two of them.
The first is thought to be aged between 18 and 21, around 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a black baseball cap with flat peak on it with NY on the front of the cap. He had a thin black scarf around his neck and was wearing a black sports jacket. The second was again aged between 18 and 21, around 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a white baseball cap with a flat peak and a sports jacket with white draw strings hanging from the collar.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Emma Ridings at Grays on Essex Police 101 or they can leave information anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.