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Aftershave clue to Bristol sex attack

Detectives believe the distinctive smell of a men’s aftershave could be an important clue in their hunt for a sex attacker in Bradley Stoke.

The woman was sexually assaulted as she walked across a bridge near Bradley Stoke after a night out last Saturday (June 6th).

They say they want to hear from anyone in the Bradley Stoke area who knows a man who wears Paco Rabanne 1 Million – the perfume the attacker’s 22-year-old victim has identified.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have been carrying out extra patrols in the area, a path called Concorde Way that runs beneath Bradley Stoke Way.

Signs appealing for information have been put on fences and lampposts, and officers have carried out house-to-house calls and have spoken to people who use the route.

There will be an increased police presence in the area on Saturday as officers step up their appeal for witnesses and information, and seek to reassure the public.

Detective Inspector Dom Graham is leading the investigation and says it was a "particularly nasty and unprovoked stranger assault."


Sexual assault in Shaftesbury

Anyone who recognises this man is being asked to contact police Credit: Dorset Police

Officers investigating a sexual assault in Shaftesbury are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

The incident happened at 9.40pm on Saturday 28 February 2015 in the Kings Arms pub in Bleke Street.

The victim, a 41-year-old local woman, was standing at the bar when an unknown man approached sexually assaulted her.

He was wearing blue jeans, a checked shirt and a hooded top with the zip done up.

This incident left the victim distressed and shaken.

As part of my investigation I am now in a position to release a CCTV image of the suspect.

I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man pictured to please call me on 101.

All calls will be treated in strict confidence.

– Police Constable Simon Rogers, of Shaftesbury police

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.