DETECTIVES have been given more time to question a man who is being held in custody on suspicion of rape.

As reported by the Daily Echo officers arrested a 22 year old man as part of the investigating into the sexual assault of woman who was attacked as she walked home from celebrating the new year In Southampton.

Passers-by raised the alarm after finding the 32-year-old victim is a distressed state following the attack in a park in the Northam area of the city in the early hours of New Year's Day.

This morning the suspect remains in custody after detectives were given more time to question him.