Police want to speak to a motorist who helped a woman escape from a street attack in Barnstaple.
The incident happened on Station Road in Severn Brethern near to a Tesco Extra store between 9pm and 10pm on Wednesday 26 August.
A woman was hit several times in the head by a man. They are believed to be known to one another.
Police said: “The female fled the attack and took refuge in an unknown vehicle belonging to a member of the public who helped the female escape the offender.
“Officers are keen to speak to this member of public to establish what they saw and to offer thanks for his assistance.
“A 40-year-old man of no fixed abode has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is in police custody.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact OIC PC 13936 Steer at Barnstaple CID via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101 quoting crime reference CR/071377/20.