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Police appeal after serious sexual assault in Bristol

Police are appealing for information about a sexual assault that took place a week ago in the Upper Eastville area of Bristol.

The victim is a 33-year-old man. The incident happened around 10pm on Monday 22nd April.

As he walked towards the Ridgeway Road bridges, walking towards Rose Green Road, he was approached by two men who grabbed him and then subjected him to the assault.

The offenders are described as white men and were wearing hooded tops covering their faces.

Police say they have increased our patrols in the area and a dedicated team from Operation Bluestone are working on the case.

New sexual assault support centre announced

The centre for Avon and Somerset is one of four announced today Credit: ITV News West Country

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.