Mother left ‘terrified’ after she is verbally abused in Saffron Walden by stranger

PUBLISHED: 08:21 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:48 14 September 2018

Debden Road, Saffron Walden. Picture: GOOGLE

Debden Road, Saffron Walden. Picture: GOOGLE


A woman who was left ‘terrified’ after being verbally abused in a Saffron Walden street wants to warn other mothers with young children about walking alone in the area.

The pregnant woman, who did not want to be identified, has just moved to the area with her family and was walking in Debden Road with a pram in one hand and her two-year-old daughter on reins.

A man approached her at the lights in Mount Pleasant Road and started shouting ‘with such aggression’ that the woman was certain the man was going to attack her.

“I picked up my little girl ran across lights onto Debden Road and down the hill,” she said. “I realised he’d started to follow me.

“I wondered whether to flag down a car for help but I banged on the door of nearest house. Luckily a lady answered.

“I just wanted to say that I was overwhelmed with the kindness of the lady living on Debden Road who answered the door and let me in.

“I was absolutely terrified feeling very vulnerable and knowing there was no chance of defending myself. I cannot walk into town without someone else now as I fear he’ll be there, so I get the bus.

“I am extremely concerned about the safety of local mums with prams and young children in the community walking on their own in that area and want him to be identified. I am also concerned for the man in question as he may be vulnerable and have difficulties and may not be being supported properly.

“If this is the case in my opinion he should be supervised when out in public as people should be able to walk into town without getting harassed with the fear they are going to be attacked.”

The man is described as being in his late 50s to mid 60s of a large build with long brown hair.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We are investigating reports that a woman was approached in the street by a man and verbally abused.

“The incident happened in Debden Road, Saffron Walden, at around 2.50pm on September 5. She was not physically harmed although was left very distressed by the incident.

“The victim, who is in her 30s, was able to seek help from the resident of a nearby house.

“An officer from Uttlesford local policing team is leading enquiries and we are keeping the victim up to date.

“Anyone who has concerns about this incident is asked to contact Uttlesford local policing team on 101.”

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