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Teenager sexually assaulted in Southsea

A 16-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted in broad daylight in a busy area of Southsea. Two men inappropriately touched the girl as she walked near St. John's College. Police are appealing for help identifying the men - seen here in a CCTV image.

Police have released this CCTV image in connection with a sexual assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

"This incident happened in daylight in a busy area of Southsea. I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or can help us identify the men in the CCTV image to contact us."

– Detective Constable Mark Brockman

St John Ambulance medic jailed for sex assaults

John Franklin has been sentenced to eight years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A trained medic who sexually assaulted three women under the guise of performing medical assessments has been imprisoned.

John Franklin, 39 years-old, and formerly of Kent Avenue in Sittingbourne was in February 2014 convicted of two counts of sexual assault by penetration on a teenager in Sittingbourne.

As a member of St John Ambulance, Franklin asked his victim if he could perform a medical assessment on her in his private ambulance as part of his training. Whilst doing this, he carried out internal examinations and touched her intimately. Numerous experts declared that none of these acts were necessary or part of his training.

Franklin was charged and following a trial was convicted of two counts of assault by penetration. However, the jury could not reach a verdict on four other counts relating to other victims; three of sexual assault and one of rape. Sentencing was postponed until the conclusion of a retrial in relation to the remaining charges.

In September 2014 a retrial took place, with Franklin facing charges of sexual assault on two women on the Urban Blue Bus in Maidstone between 2011 and 2012. He also faced one count of rape and one of sexual assault that occurred in 1996. Franklin was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. He was found not guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. On 16 October he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the four offences of which he was convicted.

"I’m glad that together with the Crown Prosecution Service and commitment of the victims we were able to bring Franklin back to court to face a retrial on four serious allegations that were outstanding from his previous trial. His victims bravely came forward and reported these violations and it is important for them to see justice being served with the substantial sentence that has been passed. I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and commitment and hope that they will be able to rebuild their lives now that this sentence has imposed. If anyone has been the victim of a sexual assault I would encourage them to report it. They will get our full support through any subsequent investigation and we will support you fully throughout the process."

– Detective Inspector Neil Kimber of Kent Police


Efit released in hunt for sex attacker

Efit of sex attacker. Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a report of a sexual assault in Lordswood have released an efit image of a man they would like to speak to.

It is reported that a woman was walking a dog along a footpath between North Dane Way and Lords Wood Lane, in the area of Bromley Close, when she was inappropriately touched by an unknown man who ran away. The incident happened at around 8.30am on Friday 19 September.

The suspect was described as a white man, aged between 40 and 50, of stocky build and 5ft 11in tall. He was described as wearing a grey cotton tracksuit with a black scarf over his face, and had wrinkles around his eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Darryll Paulson at Kent Police by calling 01634 792645 and quoting reference XY/033304/14. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Local policing officers have focussed their patrols in this area and detectives are continuing to make enquiries in a bid to locate the suspect. I would encourage anyone who recognises the man in the efit image or has information about this incident to contact police."

– Detective Sergeant Darryll Paulson, Kent Police

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

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."

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
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