A MAN is being hunted by police after a woman was sexually assaulted while waiting at a bus stop in Reading.

The attack happened at 4.35am on Wednesday, February 12, at the bus stop on St Mary's Butts, Reading, near to Burger King.

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Thames Valley Police has put out an appeal today to speak to two taxi drivers who may have crucial information about the assault.

Police said the victim, a woman in her twenties, was waiting for a bus when the offender sat down next to her.

After engaging in conversation with the victim, he then touched her inappropriately.

The offender then 'had a verbal latercation' with two taxi drivers before walking off in the direction of KFC.

Police describe the offender as a black man, aged in his early 40s with a stocky build.

He had a full beard around one inch in length and was wearing dark off-brown coloured jeans, an off-brown coloured jacket, and dark coloured trainers.

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He was also wearing a black beanie hat and dark black or brown gloves.

The victim did not suffer any injuries.

Investigating officer PC Graham Ammundsen, based at Reading police station, said: “I am releasing this appeal to speak to the two taxi drivers who I believe spoke with the offender after this incident.

“The suspect has had a verbal altercation with the two drivers, who were parked on St Mary’s Butts at the time of the incident.

“I believe they will both have important information that can assist this investigation, and I am urging them to please get in contact with police.

“You can do so by calling the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 43200049443, or by making a report online.

“I’d like to stress that these two drivers are not suspects, but may hold key information that can help in the identification of the offender.

“I am also urging anybody else who believes that they may have witnessed this incident to please get in touch.”