A 13-YEAR-OLD boy was sexually assaulted after he refused to go back to a man's house.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the incident, which happened at 6pm on October 22 on Route 44, Didcot, near the bridge leading to Green Road.

The man approached the teenager and invited him to go back to his house.

He refused and the offender then touched the victim inappropriately over his clothing, before the victim ran away.

The offender is described as white, aged between 40 and 50 years old, skinny, and with wrinkles. He was unshaven and wearing a dark beanie-style hat with a messy grey fringe visible.

He was also wearing black fingerless gloves, with long fingernails protruding, baggy tracksuit trousers, a body warmer and was carrying a small man bag.

At the time of the incident he was smoking a cigarette and had bad breath.

Investigating officer PC Charlotte Flaherty, at Didcot police station, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who has any information about the incident in which a teenage boy was approached by a man he did not know and sexually assaulted.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the man.

“The incident was deeply distressing for the young victim who I’m pleased has now felt able to report the offence. Thames Valley Police takes reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are working to identify and locate the offender.”

If you have any information, call 101 quoting reference 43180342733, or report it online. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.