A woman out jogging was attacked from behind by a group of men.
Essex woman attacked by group of men while out jogging. The incident happened on Tuesday evening in Castle Park, Colchester. Cait Smith, 23, was jogging in the park when the attack took place.
She suffered bruises to her face and arms and a black eye after being “thrown to the ground”. Cait, a clerical worker, said “I had stopped running for a moment to change my music on my phone, and I got grabbed from behind.
I didn’t even see it coming at all. I was wrestled to the ground, and one of the men was sat on top of me, while another was holding my head to the floor. I’ve been left with a big lump on my face from where they smashed my head to the ground.”
She added that she was jogging alone and there were no other people around that she could call to help her. She added “I’m lucky that I’m quite feisty and I can hold myself in a fight. I don’t think they were expecting me to fight back so I just fought as hard as I could and then legged it away from them. I don’t live that far from the park, so I was able to just get myself back home.
But if it was any other person it happened to, maybe someone a bit more vulnerable, they might not have been as lucky as me.” She wants to warn others of the danger of going out alone at night and has been flooded with messages of support after posting the incident on Facebook.
She finished off by saying “It’s terrifying that other young people like me should have to live by a different clock out of fear. But that is what I want other people, not just women, but everyone to be aware of. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.
From now on, when I feel able to go out running again, I’ll be sticking to busier areas.” She has now lodged a formal complaint with Essex police who are investigating the matter.
District Commander for Colchester, Chief Inspector Jon Evans, said “I understand this will be a concerning incident for people living across Colchester and use Castle Park.
No one should feel afraid for their safety when going out alone but we are working to identify those involved. Fortunately incidents such as this a rare in Colchester but we have additional patrols in the area to provide some additional reassurance.”