SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Chard Reservoir attack victim on TV Crimewatch Roadshow
THE brutal attack on a woman walking at Chard Reservoir will be featured on BBC TV later this week.
Tracey Howard was left with serious head injuries following the attack on August 4, 2017, when she was out walking her dog.
She has now bravely posted this photograph of herself – taken in hospital following the assault – on Facebook in the hope that it might lead to new information come to light about her attacker.
“I’m sorry if anyone find this photo upsetting, but this is the reality of what somebody did to me,” said Tracey.
“I’m still doing whatever I can to help the police find the person responsible.
“I have been interviewed by Crimewatch and a reconstruction has been filmed. The programme is called Crimewatch Roadshow and it will be shown on BBC1 on Friday (June 15, 2018) at 11am.”
PHOTO - TOP: Tracey Howard in hospital following the attack at Chard Reservoir.
PHOTO - RIGHT: An e-fit picture of Tracey's attacker.
Tracey added: “Please watch if you can, but please can I ask all my friends to share this information and for their friends to share it as well.
“The programme will be shown nationwide. The more people that know there is more hope that someone knows something about this horrible attack.
“This person could be anywhere.”
It was around 4pm on Friday, August 4, 2017, when other dog walkers in the Chaffcombe Road area of the reservoir heard a scream before Tracey stumbled towards witnesses with serious head injuries. A man was seen running away around the reservoir.
A police spokesman, at the time of the incident, said: “The e-fit is an image generated based on the description of a witness. He is described as a white man, about 20-years-old, 6ft tall, medium build with a protruding stomach.
“His face was round, very red, and he had blonde hair with a side fringe that went partially across his left eye.”
The suspect was wearing a black hoodie and black trousers.
Despite extensive investigations the police are still looking for that all-important piece of the jigsaw which will lead them to the attacker – nearly a year after the assault.
The police have said if anybody did have information about the incident or recognised the person in the e-fit picture then they should get in touch with police as soon as possible.
Anyone with information should call 101 and should quote reference number 5217178432.
Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask for your details or trace your call.