Police are appealing for information and witnesses following a report of a serious sexual assault in Wheathampstead.
At around 1.30am on Sunday morning (19 June), a woman in her thirties was walking through Marford Playing Fields in Marford Road when she was approached by two males with Irish accents wearing dark coloured clothing.
They are reported to have sexually assaulted her before running off towards the River Lea.
One of the males was described as around 5ft 9in tall. The other was wearing something covering his face – potentially a bandana.
The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Khanna said: “We are still piecing together what happened but in the meantime I urge the public to stay vigilant. I know this news will be alarming but please be assured we are working around the clock to find those responsible.
“We would like to hear from witnesses and those with information about what happened. Any information, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital.
“If you were driving in the area around the time of the incident and have a dash cam, please check it and get in contact if you spot something that might help.”
Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support.
The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them. This service is open to everyone – men, women and young people, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.