A DISTRESSED girl ran for help and knocked on doors in the middle of the night after her friend was attacked in the woods.

The incident happened in an area known as Pearmans Copse Woods, accessed from Wilsford Close in Reading at around 1am on Saturday April 6. A teenage girl was injured in the assault.

Officers received reports that a distressed girl was knocking on the door of a member of the public saying her friend had been harmed in the woods.

The girl was located and had bruising and a cut to her face but did not require hospital treatment.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Dean Brown, of Force CID, based at Newbury police station, said: “I am appealing to anybody who was in the vicinities mentioned at around 1am on Saturday who believes that they may have witnessed this incident, to contact the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting URN 75 (6/4).

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make a report online.”

Following an area search, a 22-year-old man from Shinfield and a 23-year-old man of no fixed abode were arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment and assault.

They have both been released on police bail until May 4.