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Appeal for witnesses following sexual assault

Police are appealing for information following a sexual assault in Rochester in the early hours of Saturday morning.

An 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted near to the junction of Watts Avenue, Maidstone Road, Rochester. The incident occurred between 1.30 and 2.15am.

It is reported that the woman was walking to a friend’s house when she realised she was being followed by a man with a mountain bike. He spoke to her before it is alleged he pushed her down and sexually assaulted her.

The male is described as being white with a shaved/ bald head wearing a dark coloured hooded top with a white t-shirt underneath. He was also wearing a pair of shorts and had a silver mountain bike.

Officers are investigating and have reviewed CCTV which shows a man sitting on a bench in the Blue Boar Lane area prior to the assault. A woman is seen riding around on a silver mountain bike before putting the bike down by him, she then leaves the area.

It is thought that another male recorded the woman riding round on the bike on his mobile phone. Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a man with a silver mountain bike in the Rochester area before the assault or the couple seen using/ photographing the bike.

Can you help?

Witnesses are asked to contact Kent Police on 01634 792432 quoting reference XY/33416/14.

Alternatively contact Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.

11-year-old sexually assaulted at picnic site

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault against an 11-year-old girl yesterday morning on the Isle of Wight.

The incident happened at around 11am when the victim was at Fort Victoria, near Yarmouth, with her family, when she was approached by a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her and then walked away.

The man is described as-

  • White man with pale skin
  • In his 50s
  • Uncut grey hair
  • Clean shaven
  • About six feet tall
  • Average build
  • Deep voice

At the time of the incident the man was wearing a short-sleeved shirt with dark blue and light blue stripes and blue jeans. Police arrested a man earlier today. The man has since been released with no further action to be taken against him.

“This was a rare but very serious incident against a child, during the day in a busy picnic site. We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who recognises the man from the description. Police have increased patrols in the area over the weekend to reassure the local community."

– Detective Sergeant John Stirling

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Men 'preyed on vulnerable children'

Two Wiltshire men have been jailed for carrying out sex offences against children.

At Swindon Crown Court Royston Gonsalves, 25, of Ponting Street, Swindon, and Filbert Antao, 22, of Axbridge Close, Swindon, were sentenced.

Both Gonsalves and Antao were charged with four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child. The victims were three females aged 13, 14 and 14 at the time of the offences.

They both pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.

They have both been jailed for seven years each.

Following today's sentencing, Superintendent Andrew Carr said: "Gonsalves and Antao preyed on these vulnerable children and exploited them for their own sexual gratification.

"Both sexually abused the children on several occasions during a prolonged cycle of manipulation and abuse.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to these young victims who have shown courage and bravery by coming forward and reporting the horrific abuse they were being subjected to.

"This case is a good example of us working with partner agencies and charities to bring the most dangerous sexual offenders to justice whilst supporting and rehabilitating the young victims."

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."

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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.

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