Police in Neath Port Talbot are appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted in the Afan Valley on Wednesday 23rd July.
The incident happened at around 9pm on a track between Croeserw and Blaengwynfi – known locally as ‘the line’ – when a 36-year-old man was assaulted a short time after he had walked past a group of men.
The men were walking in the direction of Croeserw from Blaengwynfi. The victim was walking in the opposite direction.
A short time after passing the group, the victim was pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted.
One of the group is described as being male, white, aged around 20, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins in height, with dark hair shaven on the sides, wearing a light coloured vest top, dark bottoms and white, grey and black coloured New Balance trainers.
A short time prior to the assault, the victim had spoken to a woman at the Croeserw end of the track who was walking a golden Labrador dog.
Detective Sergeant Ricky Price of Morriston CID said: “We are appealing to anyone who knows the identity of this group of men who were walking down the valley from Blaengwynfi to contact us. One of the group is described as wearing a distinctive vest top and New Balance trainers.
“We also wish to trace a woman who was walking her golden Labrador dog and spoke to the victim a short time before the assault took place as she may have important information about the incident.
“This is an usual incident in this part of Port Talbot and local residents will notice an increased police presence in the area while the investigation continues.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 1400267685.