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Woman sustains black eye after sexual assault

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a sexual assault in Oxford.

An 18-year-old woman was walking in St James' Cemetery between Beauchamp Lane and Church Hill Road in Cowley last night, at around 11:30pm.

Two men approached the woman whilst she was walking through, when one of them grabbed her whilst the other sexually assaulted her.

She was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for a black eye and scratches to her face, but has now been discharged.

There is no description of the men at this stage in the investigation.

Anyone who may have been in the area at that time or saw something suspicious is asked to contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Teenager sexually assaulted in Bitterne

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted while she was walking home from a party. The assault happened as the 17-year-old girl was walking along South Park Road near to the junction with Sunvale in Bitterne at about 5am yesterday morning.

She was approached by a man who grabbed her by the shoulders and forced her into a wooded area. The man then sexually assaulted the girl.

He is described as a white man, aged about 40, and between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall, He had short blond hair and was wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans and a black jacket. The girl managed to get away and made her way home.

Were you in the area in the early hours of this morning? Did you see a man approaching a black teenage girl early this morning? Did you hear any shouting?”

– Detective Constable Darmesh Dhanda


Drawings released following sexual assault appeal

An artists' impression of a man wanted by police Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police have released two artists' impressions of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Shaftesbury.

The woman in her 30s was attacked by the man at 11.15pm on Tuesday 11th February in the area of Nettlecombe but managed to fight the man off and escape.

Another drawing of a man people want to speak to following the sexual assault Credit: Dorset Police

The offender is described as 6ft tall and slim and was wearing work boots with a hood over his head.

Detective Constable Andy Marsh said: “Following the previous appeal for witnesses, I am now in a position to release two images of a man I wish to speak with.

“The images – derived from a full account by the victim – have been drawn by a specially trained artist. I strongly suspect the man to be local to the Shaftesbury area and I urge anybody who knows this person to come forward and speak with the police in confidence."

Hunt for man after woman sexually assaulted in Southampton

A 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man in a Southampton park.

The serious assault happened in Lakelands Park in Freemantle during the early hours of Sunday 20th April.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Southampton Police on 101.

This was an isolated incident that should not cause people living in the Freemantle area to be alarmed. Enquiries so far have established that the woman had travelled in a car from the Empress Road area of Southampton earlier the same evening. We're appealing for anyone who saw a silver or blue convertible BMW car at either of those locations on Saturday 19th April into Sunday morning.”

– Jim Park, Hampshire Constabulary Detective Inspector

String of sexual assaults lands man 18-years in jail

Stephen Keen will spend the next 18 years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Peacehaven is starting an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of a series of sexual assaults on a young girl.

Stephen Keen, who is 53-years-old, was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the girl.

Detective Constable Katherine Upton said, "This was a very distressing case. The victim whilst helpless endured years of abuse from Keen and it was only in 2012 that she felt able to tell other people.

"Keen pleaded not guilty throughout and the courage of the victim in giving evidence, with the support of special measures to help her in court, including the use of her principle evidence by video recording, was key in securing his conviction."


Teenager sexually assaulted in seafront doorway

Police in Sussex are looking for two men who attacked a teenager in a seafront doorway.

The victim was sexually assaulted after she left the Coalition nightclub in Brighton. Police believed it happened in the area near Middle Street and Kings Road sometime around 4am this morning.

ITV Meridian spoke to Det Insp Julie Wakeford from Sussex Police.

Berkshire man who posed as 16-year-old is jailed

Paramveer Singh Jagdev from Berkshire Credit: Wiltshire Police

A men from Berkshire has been jailed for 4 years for sexual activity with a child and grooming a child.

Paramveer Singh Jagdev, aged 25, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and grooming and causing a child to engage in sexual activity on 1st November 2013.

In January 2012, the offender contacted two 13-year-old girls from Tidworth via an online chat room pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.

He used a false identity with bogus photos to try and prevent them from being traced.

He proceeded to groom them online and bombard them with text messages and phone calls before persuading them to meet him.

Jagdev committed a sexual offence against one of the girls and threatened them both with violence.

PC Paula Clissold said: “Jagdev preyed on two young vulnerable girls, he was fully aware of their age and targeted them for this reason.

"This case also highlights the need to take care on the internet and we urge parents and guardians to keep a close watch on what their children are looking at and consider using parental controls.

Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. Not everyone is who they say they are."

Appeal after Cowes sexual assault

Hampshire police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted on the Isle of Wight.

The incident happened between midnight and 12.45am on Tuesday 27th August.

A woman had just been to the cashpoint at Lloyds Bank in Cowes when she was grabbed behind by an unknown man who then sexually assaulted her.

The 32-year-old victim managed to hit out at him and he fled from the scene of the attack.

DI Martin Chudley said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this serious sexual assault, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Officers would like to hear from anyone who was out at around that time, and who may have seen or heard anything that may assist the investigation."

Kent sexual assault linked to other attacks

E-fit of sexual assaulter
Kent Police have released an e-fit of a man believed to be responsible for sexual assaults Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police believe that several sexual assaults in the Ashford area were carried out by the same man.

A computer generated image has been made following reports that a 23-year-old woman was assaulted on Friday, August 2.

The victim was walking her dog near Singleton Lake, Kent when the alleged assault occurred.

It is now believed the man responsible could be the same person wanted in connection with two other assaults reported in Ashford last year.

On June 29, 2012, a 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she walked to school.

A 47-year-old woman also reported she had been assaulted on September 6, 2012 as she walked her dog off Britannia Lane.

Police are looking for a white man, around 6ft2ins in his late 30s.

DI Richard Vickery, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are almost certain this man will be known locally and would urge anyone who recognises him or has any information to contact us immediately."

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