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Appeal after attempted sexual assault

Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault in Havant last night.

A 33 year-old woman who was travelling back from London on a train arrived at Havant Station at 11:15pm.

She then walked to where she had parked her car on Crosslands Drive. As the victim crossed River Way using a footpath from Lavant Drive she became aware of someone walking behind her. She reported that a man she did not know grabbed her and pulled her into nearby bushes.

He tried to sexually assault her, but she fought him off and he ran off towards Lavant Drive. The victim was not injured during the incident.

She described the man as:

  • White.
  • Around 5ft 10ins tall.
  • Skinny build.
  • He was wearing white 'Converse' style trainers.
  • The man had his face covered.

"We are carrying out forensic enquiries in the Crosslands Drive area this morning as part of our investigation. I'm especially keen to hear from anyone who was on the same train as the victim and who got off at Havant. They may have seen the man believed to have been involved in the area.

"We have not received any similar reports in Havant and I'm not linking this report to any other investigations at the current time. Havant is a very safe place in which to live and work, but I'd like to remind people to observe general common sense advice such as walking through well lit areas, where possible, at night.

"We will be patrolling this area of Havant over the next few days in order to speak to local residents and answer any questions they may have".

– Detective Inspector Linda Howard