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Police appeal for witnesses following sexual assault last Sunday

The attack comes less than a month after a reported rape on an 18-year-old woman near Wessex Lane

Police have launched a fresh appeal for witnesses and dash-cam footage following the serious sexual assault that took place on Sunday morning between Asda, on Portland Terrace, and the NCP Car Park.

This incident comes less than a month after reports of an 18-year-old woman who was followed by a man along Wessex Lane and Woodmill Lane and then raped in Riverside Park at the beginning of this month. However, there is no evidence at this time to suggest the two incidents are related.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team continue to carry out regular patrols in the area. The city councillor, Dave Shields, cabinet member for health and community safety, has also appealed for more funding to support the police investigation.

Hampshire Constabulary reminded people again to "follow common-sense advice and remain vigilant, especially when walking alone in the dark." They advised to "stick to busy, well-lit areas, stick with friends, look after each other. It’s really important to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings and remind friends and family to do the same. Be wary of people around you, if you think you might be being followed seek help or a safe place if there is one nearby.”

Hampshire constabulary also posted a statement, appealing for information and witnesses: "We would like to speak to anyone who was in the Portland Terrace and Western Esplanade area between 4am and 6:30am on Sunday, December 16". They want to speak to anyone who was walking or driving in that area and "anyone who has dash cam footage recorded in that vicinity during those times".

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Hampshire Constabulary is also working alongside Yellow Door, a Southampton and west Hampshire based charity supporting those who have experienced sexual or domestic abuse. Yellow Door tweeted about the incident yesterday afternoon: "We're deeply saddened by the news of the recent sexual assaults across Southampton. If you have info to help @HantsPolice with their investigations, pls call 101"

They also offered a reminder to anyone who has been affected to call them on their helpline for support.