Bedfordshire Police are on the hunt for a man after a vicious assault in Kempston on Tuesday (15 December) night.
The woman was grabbed attacked at around 7.30 pm while walking along Kempston Road.
Just as she had reached the corner of Beatrice Street a man grabbed her from behind and dragged her into bushes next to a bus stop.
Despite threatening her, the woman tried to fight him off so he punched her in the face and then ran off towards Bedford.
The offender is described as wearing a light coloured jacket, blue jeans and trainers.
The victim was wearing a mustard coloured puffer coat with a fur-trimmed hood.
“This nasty attack has left the victim badly shaken and with a suspected broken nose,” said Detective Inspector Michelle Lack who is investigating.
“Officers have been in the area to reassure the local community today, but we are keen to trace the man responsible as soon as possible.
“The victim’s clothing was very distinctive, and this may jog your memory.
“We know there were cars driving past and pedestrians around at the time of the incident, and would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.
“If anyone has any CCTV or dashcam footage which might be relevant, or any other details which can help with our enquiries, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or via their online reporting tool, quoting Operation Casper.
You can also report information anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
“Our Signpost Hub offers free and confidential support to victims in Bedfordshire, whether it has been reported to police or not, and irrespective of where and when the crime occurred,” said a spokesperson.
To access the hub, call 0800 0282887 or visit SignpostforBedfordshire.com.