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Southampton rape investigation: Description of man and route taken released

Press Release   •   Dec 07, 2018 16:04 GMT

Detectives investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Riverside Park on Sunday 2 December can now release a more detailed description of the man they are looking to identify, and the direction he ran from the scene.

The incident happened between 11pm and 11.50pm in Riverside Park just off of Woodmill Lane.

Detectives believe the man started walking from the bus stop on Wessex Lane towards Woodmill Lane. The attack then takes place in an area of woodland between the skate park and the tennis courts.

After the attack, it is believed the man initially ran off down Woodmill Lane and towards Manor Farm Road on the right, and Forest Hill Drive on the left.

He may have then used a variety of roads to leave the scene in the surrounding neighbourhood.

The man has been described as white, in his 30s and tall with a medium build. He spoke with a southern English accent. He had stubble on his face and top lip, like he hadn’t shaven for a few days, and he had a wide mouth. His hair was medium coloured brown and shaven all over, like a grade 1.

He was wearing a dark green top with a hood and dark trainers.

Detectives are urging anyone who recognises this description, or saw someone matching this description in the area at the time, to get in contact.

Chief Inspector Phil Lamb said: “I believe someone will know who this is from how this man has been described. “With all this information, do you have any suspicions about who might be responsible?

“We will be carrying out enquiries in the Woodmill area today and working beyond that into the surrounding roads where we believe the man may have been seen.

“We would like contact from anyone who lives in this area who has private CCTV, dash cam or a doorbell cam. Please give us a call, the information or material you have may seem small or insignificant to you, but it might prove to be incredibly valuable to the investigation.

“We know this kind of crime can have a big impact on the community that’s why we continue to patrol the area and make sure you feel safer.

“If you have any concerns, please come and speak to us. Furthermore, if you have any information, material or footage that can help, please dial 101 and quote Operation Scorch or 44180450724.”

If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44180450724.

In an emergency, call 999.