A "VULNERABLE" woman in her 60s was subjected to serious sex attack in an early evening attack near a well-known public school.

The victim was seen with the man at around 7pm on Jaunuary 2 near Lendal Bridge in York.

She then walked with him down the side of the River Ouse in the direction of Scarborough Bridge, passing the Esplanade car park and the Post Office building on her left hand side.

The victim and the man then crossed over Scarborough Bridge and, once over the bridge, continued walking alongside the river, out of town towards the back of St Peter’s school and Clifton Bridge.

As they approached the back of St Peter’s School, the man subjected the woman to a serious sexual and physical assault and stole money from her.

Detective Inspector Alan Rowan said; “This was a horrendous attack on a vulnerable woman, who the suspect befriended before luring her to a place where he could attack her.

“I urge anyone who was in the area at the time, to please cast their minds back and contact us if they can provide any assistance to our investigation.

“Unfortunately, the victim has found it difficult to provide any detailed description of the suspect and we appeal to members of the public to help us find her attacker.”

Police are requesting anyone who saw a woman in her 60s with a man in this area of York around 7pm, to contact them on 101, select option one and pass the information to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800555111.