The police have provided an update after an attacker was reportedly spotted again in the area. 

Residents in Great Missenden and Prestwood were left shaken after a woman in her thirties was assaulted on a footpath off Trafford Lane on August 24.

The offender, described as a hooded white man, approached her before trying to grab her and put his hand over her mouth.

The Misbourne School warned parents in a letter after allegations of a second attack on Thursday, September 28, urging children to walk in part or small groups and use Martinsend Lane instead of going through the woods.

Now Thames Valley Police has provided an update on the alleged second assault in the area.

The force received a report of a “suspicious person on a footpath between Great Missenden and Prestwood” on Thursday, September 28 at around 5.30pm.

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A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “A member of the public reported seeing the same man who assaulted a woman in her thirties in the same area between 6.10pm and 6.15pm on August 24.

“The report was linked to the assault and filed pending further information coming to light. Anyone with further information should call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43230436248.”

A mum, who usually walks her dog in the woods but hasn’t done so in weeks, said the frightening incident “is not only affecting women’s behaviour but also really affecting men’s behaviour.”

“They aren’t worried about being attacked, but worried about walking on their own in the woods and women being scared of them. I know two men that are now not walking around this area and going elsewhere to walk so as to not frighten women,” she said.

Her daughter is "terrified and reluctant" to go outside other than to school, she said. 

She said she understood it might be hard to catch a criminal if they had moved elsewhere, but after  "repeated" incidents in one area the police "should be able to find the perpetrator."