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Sex attack on woman in alleyway

A woman was attacked and subjected to a serious sexual assault while walking home alone at night in Portsmouth.

The 44-year-old woman was walking along Malins Road in Fratton when she was approached by a man at about 0200 GMT on Saturday.

He dragged her into a nearby alleyway where he carried out the "very serious" assault, police said.

He is described as white, in his 20s, 5ft 7in and of slim build. He wore a dark tracksuit and a baseball cap.

I would advice ladies in the area to take reasonable precautions and if possible avoid walking alone in that vicinity at this moment in time
Det Insp David Dilly

Det Insp David Dilly said: "This was a nasty attack on a woman walking home alone, who was dragged into an alleyway against her will and seriously sexually assaulted.

"The lady is obviously very distressed.

"The attack was heard by some witnesses in the area and we've been able to obtain a description from the victim.

"I would ask anyone who may have seen or heard the incident, or recognises the description of the offender, to contact police in confidence as soon as possible.

"I would advice ladies in the area to take reasonable precautions and if possible avoid walking alone in that vicinity at this moment in time.

"If they are walking around during the hours of darkness I would urge them to be with a friend or something like that."



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