Appeal after blind woman is assaulted in Staple Hill

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after an apparently unprovoked attack on a 41-year-old blind woman in Staple Hill.

It happened at about 7.55am on Tuesday (13th March). The woman had caught a bus at the Soundwell Road/Portland Street stop, at about 7.45am. She left the bus at about 7.55am at the end of Soundwell Road, near Page Road car park.

Just after she got off she was assaulted by an unknown suspect who punched her several times in her body, and laughed before running off.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was travelling along Soundwell Road at around 8am on Tuesday, especially anyone who may have travelled on the same bus.

PC Dan Whalley said: “The person responsible for this unacceptable assault would have been aware of this lady’s visual impairment. She was left with bruising after the attack and has understandably been left shaken and distressed by the incident. I’d ask anyone who can help our investigation to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can do so via the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218054539.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. You could even qualify for a reward and still remain anonymous.