Cops hunt three men in England football shirts after they tried to grab and rape woman on night of Euro 2020 final

COPS are today hunting three men who were wearing England football shirts as they tried to grab and rape a woman on the night of the Euro 2020 final.

The woman managed to wriggle free after the horrific attack in Luton just hours after England and Italy clashed.

Police said the men had tried to grab at her clothes as she walked along Stuart Street just after midnight on Monday July 12. 

As she walked along the route, she met a woman who walked with her part of the way.

She was headed in the direction of the Magistrates’ Court when she was approached by three men who tried to engage her in conversation, police said.

She attempted to walk away, but the men caught up with her and began to assault her, pulling at her clothes. 

She wriggled free and ran towards Buxton Road, where a taxi driver took her to her home address.

The three offenders have been described as white men, wearing England football shirts.

One offender was a tall man with blonde hair.

Investigation Officer, Serena Mailes, said: “This was a terrifying incident for this young woman, and we are following a number of leads.

“The incident happened when a lot of people were out in Luton following the England v Italy Euro final, and we are keen to speak to anyone who might have information.

“We would very much like to speak with the woman who walked with her, and also the driver of a white Prius taxi who came to her aid.”

Mailes said she would also like anyone who had been driving along the A505 dual carriageway at the time, to check their dash cam footage.

“This was a clearly terrifying ordeal and we understand that it may raise concerns among local residents,” Mailes said.

“We would welcome any information that would help us to identify the perpetrators.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the police online or by calling 101 and quoting reference number 40/36138/21.

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

Victims of rape and sexual assault can receive support and guidance from Bedfordshire Police and partner agencies, including the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), as well as support through the criminal investigation process.

You can also contact Bedfordshire’s Sexual SARC the Emerald Centre, by visiting the Emerald Centre or by emailing , or alternatively calling 01234 842750.

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