POLICE are appealing for information after a woman's dress was grabbed while she walked in Lydney on Saturday.

The incident happened in Station Road at about 1pm on Saturday (July 26).

The offender, described as a white man, in his late 30s to early 40s, 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins tall, with dark hair and a beer belly, appeared from undergrowth and assaulted the woman as she walked towards the A48.

The woman's dress was torn by the man but he made off when he was disturbed by a green vehicle, believed to be an old style Ford Fiesta, that stopped next to the woman.

The people in the vehicle spoke to the woman to check she was okay and officers are very keen to speak to these people, and anyone else with information about the attack.

Detective Sergeant Mark Stenhouse said: "We do not know at this stage whether there is any link between this and the serious sexual assault at the boating lake that evening but we know these two cases will concern local residents.

"Community officers are aware of the incidents and anyone with concerns or queries are encouraged to make contact with the local policing team in the town.

"In the meantime, we would urge people to be aware of their personal safety and look at the safety advice available on our website www.gloucestershire.police.uk.

"Anyone who can help us with our inquiries should call 101 and quote incident 169 of July 26."