A MAN grabbed a teenage girl after touching himself sexually and making crude gestures at her. 

The daylight sex assault happened in Witney last week, on a footpath that links Lyneham Close and Chedworth Drive.

Police said the victim, a teenage girl, was walking at about 6.15pm on Tuesday (June 18) and saw the man stood on the path ahead of her.

He touched himself 'inappropriately,' officers said, and made 'lewd' gestures.

The man then grabbed her sleeve but she pulled away, and he walked off.

He is described as Asian or Middle Eastern, of average build, and in his late-20s or 30s.

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He had stubble and black hair swept across from one side, and wore a baggy orange sweat top, black jogging bottoms and black shoes.

Investigating officer PC Craig Vaughan, based at Witney Police station, said: "We are appealing for witnesses or anyone who recognises the described male.

"Anyone with information should call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43190187541.

"Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."