Riders in Devon are being warned not to exercise their horses alone in remote areas after a teenager was pulled from her horse by a sex attacker at the weekend.

The 17-year-old was riding on a Mansands beach between Brixham and Kingswear on Saturday. She was pulled from her horse by a man who then tried to take off her clothing.

According to Totnes Police, she resisted his attack and the man ran off, leaving her distressed and with bruises and scratches.

Police are anxious to trace the man who is described as white, around 6ft tall, clean shaven with a scar on the side of his left eye. He was wearing jeans and a waxed jacket.

If you have any information contact Devon and Cornwall Police tel: 08452 777444 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting police reference JH/07/631