Police appeal after woman is victim of sex attack in Northam

Daily Echo: Hunt after woman raped in Southampton park Hunt after woman raped in Southampton park

AN INVESTIGATION is underway after a woman reported being raped in a Southampton park in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

According to Hampshire police the victim, a 32-year-old woman, told police she had been subjected to a serious sexual assault after being attacked in a park in the Northam area of the city.

It is understood she was approached by a stranger as she walked home from celebrating the New Year who then dragged her into the park and subjected her to a terrifying sexual assault.

The victim was able to raise the alarm shortly before 3am when after she asked a passer-by for help who then dialled 999.

Police were first on the scene before then calling paramedics to help treat the woman.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to the park off Northam Road at 3.09am yesterday in response to reports of a woman in her thirties being assaulted.

After initial assessment she was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital for further treatment, the spokesman added.

A major investigation was launched with officers sealing off the park on the corner of Northam Road and Summers Street and which slopes down to the River Itchen by Northam Bridge.

Officers spent yesterday conducting a number of enquiries in the area.

Tape remained around the sealed off park, which included a children’s play area, throughout yesterday so forensic teams could examine scene where the alleged attack took place.

Hampshire police are now appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time to contact them or who has any information that could help the investigation.

Anyone with information can contact Hampshire police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:47am Thu 2 Jan 14

only me.... says...

Honestly, without commenting on the content of this story you have to question the quality of the writing, DE are you not proof reading or do you not actually care? This article is so poorly constructed that it has me writing a comment. Terrible.
Honestly, without commenting on the content of this story you have to question the quality of the writing, DE are you not proof reading or do you not actually care? This article is so poorly constructed that it has me writing a comment. Terrible. only me....

8:41am Thu 2 Jan 14

Ciaran says...

only me.... wrote:
Honestly, without commenting on the content of this story you have to question the quality of the writing, DE are you not proof reading or do you not actually care? This article is so poorly constructed that it has me writing a comment. Terrible.
What are you actually referring to? I can't see any problems in the story at all.
[quote][p][bold]only me....[/bold] wrote: Honestly, without commenting on the content of this story you have to question the quality of the writing, DE are you not proof reading or do you not actually care? This article is so poorly constructed that it has me writing a comment. Terrible.[/p][/quote]What are you actually referring to? I can't see any problems in the story at all. Ciaran

12:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bronson69 says...

Only me ? Only complete tosser more like !

Yet another sickening attack on a women in Southampton and your worrying about someone's grammar ?
Only me ? Only complete tosser more like ! Yet another sickening attack on a women in Southampton and your worrying about someone's grammar ? Bronson69

3:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

Just nuke the entire common that way the low lives won't even survive
Just nuke the entire common that way the low lives won't even survive Mary80

3:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together.

These attacks must be stopped.
Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together. These attacks must be stopped. 03alpe01

3:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

mickey01 says...

im a 50 plus male and even i would not stand around northam at 3 a.m, i dont really like the area at 3 pm
im a 50 plus male and even i would not stand around northam at 3 a.m, i dont really like the area at 3 pm mickey01

4:17pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Charlie Bucket says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together.

These attacks must be stopped.
Well of course they're not! What do you expect? The city is hardly going to brag "rape capital of the South!" or anything. Do you, on your CV, give a list of your flaws?
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together. These attacks must be stopped.[/p][/quote]Well of course they're not! What do you expect? The city is hardly going to brag "rape capital of the South!" or anything. Do you, on your CV, give a list of your flaws? Charlie Bucket

5:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together.

These attacks must be stopped.
Well of course they're not! What do you expect? The city is hardly going to brag "rape capital of the South!" or anything. Do you, on your CV, give a list of your flaws?
It's ok to be slightly economical with the truth, but what they say on there deserves a law suit of false advertising!
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together. These attacks must be stopped.[/p][/quote]Well of course they're not! What do you expect? The city is hardly going to brag "rape capital of the South!" or anything. Do you, on your CV, give a list of your flaws?[/p][/quote]It's ok to be slightly economical with the truth, but what they say on there deserves a law suit of false advertising! 03alpe01

6:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

only me.... says...

Ciaran wrote:
only me.... wrote:
Honestly, without commenting on the content of this story you have to question the quality of the writing, DE are you not proof reading or do you not actually care? This article is so poorly constructed that it has me writing a comment. Terrible.
What are you actually referring to? I can't see any problems in the story at all.
Classic DE. Throw up a sloppy piece only to edit the copy as and when someone comes into the office who can press spell check. The original was terrible, probably explains that no writer has a credit.
[quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only me....[/bold] wrote: Honestly, without commenting on the content of this story you have to question the quality of the writing, DE are you not proof reading or do you not actually care? This article is so poorly constructed that it has me writing a comment. Terrible.[/p][/quote]What are you actually referring to? I can't see any problems in the story at all.[/p][/quote]Classic DE. Throw up a sloppy piece only to edit the copy as and when someone comes into the office who can press spell check. The original was terrible, probably explains that no writer has a credit. only me....

7:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Charlie Bucket says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together.

These attacks must be stopped.
Well of course they're not! What do you expect? The city is hardly going to brag "rape capital of the South!" or anything. Do you, on your CV, give a list of your flaws?
It's ok to be slightly economical with the truth, but what they say on there deserves a law suit of false advertising!
Law suit? False advertising? Did you hear these terms in a TV programme or something?
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Funny. These attacks are never mentioned in the 'Picturesque Parks of Southampton' guides that the Council/Town Planners put together. These attacks must be stopped.[/p][/quote]Well of course they're not! What do you expect? The city is hardly going to brag "rape capital of the South!" or anything. Do you, on your CV, give a list of your flaws?[/p][/quote]It's ok to be slightly economical with the truth, but what they say on there deserves a law suit of false advertising![/p][/quote]Law suit? False advertising? Did you hear these terms in a TV programme or something? Charlie Bucket

7:47am Fri 3 Jan 14

margie933 says...

Forget about the way the story is written, What about the poor woman. I hope she recovers from her terrible ordeal. Why oh Why did she not have someone with her. Not safe to go home alone that hour of the morning.
Forget about the way the story is written, What about the poor woman. I hope she recovers from her terrible ordeal. Why oh Why did she not have someone with her. Not safe to go home alone that hour of the morning. margie933

1:15pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Bella73 says...

Bromide or castration if someone did it to me I would do a danny dyer in vendetta and hunt them down or bite it off bring back the vigilantes
Bromide or castration if someone did it to me I would do a danny dyer in vendetta and hunt them down or bite it off bring back the vigilantes Bella73

1:08am Sun 5 Jan 14

cas1970 says...

One Word CCTV if happened fron Northam Bridge, someone must of seen something, Ive walked quite a few times back to town from there after 1am, you think its safe, its a main road, ffs, the girl in question walked me back home one evening very late, and why cause she was confident, I doubt she,l ever go out at night again, seems to me the scum bag probably came from the red light area and couldnt get a freebie, maybe someone should be looking it to that, stop bickering and lets get the dirty b-std. and if the system really gave a toss then why are there no late buses!
One Word CCTV if happened fron Northam Bridge, someone must of seen something, Ive walked quite a few times back to town from there after 1am, you think its safe, its a main road, ffs, the girl in question walked me back home one evening very late, and why cause she was confident, I doubt she,l ever go out at night again, seems to me the scum bag probably came from the red light area and couldnt get a freebie, maybe someone should be looking it to that, stop bickering and lets get the dirty b-std. and if the system really gave a toss then why are there no late buses! cas1970

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