Appalling CCTV footage shows how a man snuck up behind a teenage girl before sexually assaulting her while she struggled to break free.
In the clip, released by investigating police officers, a teenage girl walks along a footpath in a park next to a busy road in Churchill Gardens, Salisbury, Wilts.
The teenager, whose image has been blurred to protect to protect her identity, is followed by a man in dark clothing who walks along behind her.
He appears to look over his left shoulder as he approaches her, as if to check he isn't being watched.
The man then breaks into a run and grabs the girl, with police reporting that he sexually assaults her before breaking away just as a cyclist comes past.
He then turns around and walks off in the opposite direction.
Police are now appealing for help identifying the suspected sex attacker following the assault on Sunday, October 27.
The suspect is described as a white middle-aged man of medium build with light grey hair.
He was wearing a smart black coat with grey or dark trousers and smart shoes.
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PC Lou Poole said: "This is a really concerning incident that took place in a busy public area during the middle of the day.
"We are aware that this footage may be distressing however we are appealing for anyone in the area on Sunday 27 October, or those who may have recorded dash cam footage nearby which might help us to identify the offender, to contact us.
"We would also urge you to study the CCTV footage carefully to see if you recognise the man who carried out this appalling assault.
"Please consider showing this footage to friends and family members that do not have access to social media to ensure that the footage is viewed by as many members of the community as possible."
This video has been shared with the victim's consent.
Police said the witness on the bicycle has been identified and is assisting with the investigation.
If you can help call 101 quoting crime log 54200108088.
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