Man arrested for sexual assault

He is currently in custody at Cardiff Bay police station


A man has been arrested today for sexual assault.

In less than a week, three woman have been attacked in separate assaults.

It is unknown whether the man in custody is connected to all three attacks.

The Tab understands at least two of the victims are students in Cardiff.

The area outside City Hall is still cordoned off

The assaults occurred on Cathays Terrace, by the Cardiff University Main Building and Gorsedd Gardens at the bottom of Park Place.

The victim attacked at Gorsedd Gardens this morning was aged 19, while the two other women were both 20.

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Belinda Davies, chief superintendent of the Cardiff division of South Wales Police, said: “We will do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.

“Cardiff is a safe city and I want to keep it that way.

“Crimes like this are never the victims’ fault. Stay together when you are out at night. Stick to well lit areas. Call 101 if you have any information.”

The most recent attack was this morning at 4.30am

Richard Jones, from South Wales Police, said: “I can confirm that one man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual assault and is currently in custody at Cardiff Bay police station.

“Despite this arrest the investigation is very much ongoing.

While there are similarities in terms of the location, times and nature of the assaults, it is too early to say whether the same person is responsible.”

Dan, a third year studying Dentistry at Cardiff University, said: “I think the attacks show a neglect by the police for not taking active measures to prevent further attacks.”

Abby, studying Journalism, said: “It’s shocking that it’s been three times in one week. I’d never walk home from a night out.”

The SU’s Safe Taxi Scheme

Cardiff University have raised the profile of their Safe Taxi Scheme in light of the attacks.

If you don’t have money for a taxi on the way back from a night out, you can:

1.    Phone Dragon Taxis on 029 2033 3333 quoting ‘Cardiff University Safe Taxi Scheme’, giving your name and student number

2.    When the taxi arrives, give your student card to the driver to check your booking details

3.    When you get home, you’ll be given a receipt card detailing the fare incurred

4.    Within the next few days, visit the Finance Office at the Students’ Union and pay the price of your taxi fare

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.