Detectives investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman have released more CCTV images of the man they want to trace.
The woman was raped in Riverside Park near the skate park just off of Woodmill Lane between 11.30pm and 11.50pm on Sunday 2 December. We previously released footage of a man seen on CCTV following her down Wessex Lane at 11.32pm.
Now, the officers have traced the man’s movements back to Sainsbury’s Local on Burgess Road before the offence.
These images show the man outside the store at around 11.15pm.
He is described as:
• White and British
• Mid 20s – mid 30s
• Medium build
• Short brown hair
• Facial stubble (at the time of the offence)
• Wearing a dark green hooded top
• Dark trainers
Officers have tracked the man from Burgess Road, down Langhorn Road and onto Woodmill Lane and then Wessex Lane at 11.32pm before the offence has occurred.
Detective Inspector Roger Wood said: “This footage shows a man following another woman to begin with. He sees her on Burgess Road and appears to follow her to Wessex Lane, where he loses her and then begins to double back on himself and follow the 18-year-old woman that was moments later raped in Riverside Park.
“We believe someone will know this man from this image. Do you recognise him, his clothing, his hair or anything about him?
“We are urging anyone with any information at all as to who this might be to get in contact with us immediately.
“We have not received a report of another woman being followed in that area on the night of Dec 2 at this time. If you think you were, please report it to us.
“Remember to stay safe, please try to avoid walking alone at night, consider taking a taxi or a lift or just stick with friends and look out for each other. If you are walking alone anywhere, stick to well-lit areas and remain vigilant. 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.
“This is advice we give out throughout the year but it is especially important during the festive period when more people are out celebrating into the night.
“If you know of anyone matching this description, or have seen anyone matching this description in the local are in the last month, please get in contact with us. The information you have might seem small but could prove significant to the investigation.”
Call 101 and quote Operation Scorch. Alternatively, make a report by going to the following link https://mipp.police.uk/operation/44HC18W09-PO1.
We work in partnership with Yellow Door. Yellow Door is a registered charity that collaboratively with the police in providing a range of support for victims for this type of crime. For more information www.yellowdoor.org.uk
If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44180450724.
In an emergency, call 999.