A mother was sexually assaulted as she walked along a street with her young son.

The woman was in Leavesden Road, near the junction of Acme Road, in North Watford, when a man approached her.

The incident happened outside Chrysalis Dental Practice on Monday January 7 between 2pm and 2.30pm.

He said “Oh how beautiful you are” before he inappropriately touched her and then carried out on walking.

She began chasing him but he continued walking away, in the direction of St Albans Road.

Police have given the following description. The suspect is described as chubby, in his late 20s to early 30s and wearing a parka jacket.

Detective Constable Jonathan Holmes, from the Watford Local Crime Unit said: “Incidents of this nature are very concerning and I am keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who may have driven along Leavedsen Road between these times, especially those drivers who may have recordings on dash cameras in their cars. To the person responsible; I urge you to hand yourself in at the nearest police station to explain your actions.”

Anyone with information or any witnesses are asked to contact DC Holmes on jonathan.holmes@herts.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting crime reference 41/2065/19.