A woman in her fifties has been raped in Bristol.
It happened in the Sea Mills area of the city at around 11:35pm on Saturday 22 October.
The woman was walking along the lane connecting St Edyth's Road with Fairland Walk when she was approached from behind by a man.
- approximately 6ft tall
- of broad build
- wearing dark clothing
Police would like to speak to anyone who was in this area at the time or who has information which could lead to the identification of the man.
Can you help?
- call police on 101 and provide the call handler with the reference number 5216244346
- you can also speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
- or you can visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Help and support
The Bridge offer medical care, emotional and psychological support, and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
You can call The Bridge for help and decide about talking to the police later.
For free and confidential advice, 24/7, 365 days a year, call 0117 342 6999 or visit their website.
You can also click here for details of charities and organisations who are experts in supporting victims.
David Mace, 59, from Bristol, admitted a series of serious sexual offences against multiple victims between 1996 – 2013 at Bristol Crown Court today.
Offences include rape, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault, voyeurism and indecent assault.
Mace’s friend, Kenneth Gavens, 62, has also admitted sexual activity with a child and the possession of extreme pornographic image.
Mace has been jailed for 17 years and Gavens has been jailed for 29 months.
Police are appealing to a rape victim who wrote an anonymous letter to get in touch.
The victim claimed she was raped in Taunton in 1968. She had been walking home when she was offered a lift and was then taken to a quiet location and attacked.
The details have been taken from an anonymous letter sent to the police and detectives are now trying to investigate it.
First contact from the victim was received in 2012 when she contacted the Crimestoppers charity but at that time there was too little information for an investigation.
A 23 year old Bristol man has been jailed for three and a half years for a rape and two sexual assaults in Bristol, Essex and London.
Lee King from Lawrence Weston was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault against a woman and a 15-year old girl.
A man has been jailed for 5 years for an attempted rape in Bristol.
Dean Norris pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to rape and sexually assaulting a woman as she walked her dog at woodland in Shirehampton in September.
The 25 year old from the St George area of Bristol will also serve an extended three-year licence following the prison sentence and has been placed on the sex offenders' register.
A campaign has begun to try to alter perceptions that some victims are sometimes partly to blame for being raped.
Bristol city council has unveiled four hard-hitting posters.
They will be going up on billboards, be put on leaflets and on line to give the message there is no excuse for rape.
The project is taking place in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens
There are calls for the Government to do more to support women who have been raped.
A woman from Somerset, who was a victim of rape, has joined a campaign highlighting the fact that many women do not report the crime, because they have little faith in the legal system.
Only one fifth of women who are raped report it to the Police.
Yvonne Traynor from Rape Crisis said they are not surprised by this low figure:
If this story has affected you in anyway, you can get more information and support by visiting Rape Crisis England and Wales.
A new support centre for victims of rape and sexual assault has been announced for Avon and Somerset.
The centre is one of four announced by the Government, and will be backed by £4 million pounds worth of funding. They will open within the next year, bringing the total number of centres across England and Wales to 78.
Around 473,000 women and men are sexually assaulted each year, according to recent figures, with one in 20 women reported as being a victim of a serious sexual offence. But only 54,000 sexual offences are recorded by police on average each year.
Since the 2010 coalition agreement, nine new centres have opened in Northumbria, Leeds, Southend, Suffolk and mid-Wales Hereford, Devon, Dorset and Trafford.