A YOUNG woman from Tewkesbury suffered a serious sexual assault in the Cotswold town of Painswick.

The incident happened at about 6.40am on Saturday, June 25.

The 18-year-old woman from Tewkesbury was dropped off in a taxi in the town and walked into St Mary's Parish churchyard, where she was attacked.

The assailant is described as white with tanned skin, in his early 50s, 5ft 10ins - 5ft 11ins tall, skinny but with a big belly and wearing blue jeans and a red-and-white striped t-shirt.

Officers want to hear in particular from a man who the taxi driver asked for directions in Painswick shortly before the victim was dropped off.

Detective Inspector David Shore-Nye said: "We've been making forensic inquiries and are working on compiling an e-fit image of the man.

"In the meantime if you remember being spoken to by a taxi driver in the early hours of that morning, saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or recognise the description of the man please call 101 and quote incident 281 of June 25.

"This was obviously an extremely traumatic experience for the victim and our thoughts are with her.

"The community will be concerned but we can reassure them that the neighbourhood team in Stroud is aware and there will be further reassurance patrols in the area.

"As ever we would urge people to review the personal safety advice at www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/keeping-yourself-safe/personal-safety/"