Police are appealing after a woman was sexually assaulted after she left a Sainsbury’s (Image: Google Maps)

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A woman was sexually assaulted by a man in Sainsbury’s before he cut off a strand of her hair.

She was leaving the Sainsbury’s store in Friar Street, Reading, in Berkshire, on Wednesday, July 7, shortly before 4pm when she was targeted by a man.

He first touched her inappropriately over her clothing before she challenged him and realised he had cut off a strand of her hair and some of her clothing, reports GetReading.

The woman – who is in her 20s – was not injured during the incident.

Thames Valley Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in relation to the alleged assault.

A spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV images of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault investigation in Reading.

Police are appealing for help to identify the man seen in this CCTV image
(Image: Thames Valley Police)

“At just before 3.55pm on Wednesday, 7 July, the victim, a woman in her 20s, was leaving Sainsbury’s in Friar Street when a man inappropriately touched her over her clothing.

“The victim challenged the offender and she then noticed that he had cut strands of her hair and clothing from her.”

PC Sally Meineke said: “This incident occurred in the middle of the afternoon in a busy area of Reading.

The assault happened at a Sainsbury's store in Reading
(Image: Google Maps)

“I am releasing these CCTV images of a man who I believe may have vital information about this incident.

“I am urging this man to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 43210292993 or contact us online.

“I would also appeal to anybody who recognises this man or believe that they have witnessed the incident to please get in touch.”

“The victim was not injured in this incident, but naturally this was a distressing occurrence.

“Anybody who has any information, please get in touch with police.”

If you have any information, you can call 101 quoting the above reference number of Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.