Victim subjected to terrifying ordeal in Lakelands Park in Freemantle

Daily Echo: Manhunt stepped up for rapist who struck in Southampton park Manhunt stepped up for rapist who struck in Southampton park

POLICE have today stepped up their hunt for rapist who attacked a woman after driving her to a Southampton park and subjecting her to a terrifying ordeal.

Detectives are searching for a blue or silver BMW car after the 26-year-old victim was assaulted in Lakelands Park, Freemantle.

Police sealed off part of Lakelands – also known as Freemantle Lake Park – as forensics experts searched for clues.

It comes just months after an 11-year-old girl was grabbed by a man in the park as she walked home from school.

As reported in the Daily Echo the terrified youngster managed to break free from his grasp. She was chased out of Lakelands and into the street but escaped.

Police say they are not linking the two incidents.

Det Insp Jim Park, heading the investigation, described the rape as an isolated crime and urged people living in the Freemantle area not to be alarmed.

The woman has told police that she was attacked in the early hours of last Sunday.

Det Insp Park said: “Enquiries so far have established that she travelled there in a car from the Empress Road area of Southampton.

“We are appealing for anyone who saw a blue or silvercoloured convertible BMW car at either of those locations on Saturday night or Sunday morning.”

It is not known whether the victim was forced into the car or agreed to go voluntarily, or whether any type of weapon was used during the attack.

Ward councillor Jeremy Moulton said: “It sounds horrific and I hope the person responsible will soon be caught.

“Lakelands is a large facility that’s frequently used by families and dog walkers.

“It’s a generally safe park in a generally safe city but horrible incidents do occur from time to time.”

Call CID at Southampton Central police station on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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9:05am Sat 26 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

It would be easy to draw conclusions that this could have been a prostitute picked up from Empress Rd
It would be easy to draw conclusions that this could have been a prostitute picked up from Empress Rd bigfella777
  • Score: 2

9:51am Sat 26 Apr 14

KSO16R says...

bigfella777 wrote:
It would be easy to draw conclusions that this could have been a prostitute picked up from Empress Rd
What difference does it make? Are you suggesting that if it was a prostitute rape is justified?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It would be easy to draw conclusions that this could have been a prostitute picked up from Empress Rd[/p][/quote]What difference does it make? Are you suggesting that if it was a prostitute rape is justified? KSO16R
  • Score: 8

9:57am Sat 26 Apr 14

KSO16R says...

'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.
'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them. KSO16R
  • Score: 5

10:30am Sat 26 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

KSO16R wrote:
'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.
It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: 'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.[/p][/quote]It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt. Zexagon
  • Score: -6

11:07am Sat 26 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

KSO16R wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It would be easy to draw conclusions that this could have been a prostitute picked up from Empress Rd
What difference does it make? Are you suggesting that if it was a prostitute rape is justified?
Did I say that?
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It would be easy to draw conclusions that this could have been a prostitute picked up from Empress Rd[/p][/quote]What difference does it make? Are you suggesting that if it was a prostitute rape is justified?[/p][/quote]Did I say that? bigfella777
  • Score: 1

11:24am Sat 26 Apr 14

southampton man 12345 says...

probs a prostitute who didnt get aid and now crying rape
probs a prostitute who didnt get aid and now crying rape southampton man 12345
  • Score: -5

11:28am Sat 26 Apr 14

Huey says...

Rape seems very popular in Southampton recently
Rape seems very popular in Southampton recently Huey
  • Score: 2

11:33am Sat 26 Apr 14

KSO16R says...

What were you trying to say?
What were you trying to say? KSO16R
  • Score: 0

11:37am Sat 26 Apr 14

KSO16R says...

Zexagon wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.
It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.
Your comment went downhill from the word 'but' 10 words too many
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: 'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.[/p][/quote]It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.[/p][/quote]Your comment went downhill from the word 'but' 10 words too many KSO16R
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

KSO16R wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.
It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.
Your comment went downhill from the word 'but' 10 words too many
If you participate in that sort of thing then you run the risk.Real life isn't like the film "Pretty Woman"
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: 'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.[/p][/quote]It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.[/p][/quote]Your comment went downhill from the word 'but' 10 words too many[/p][/quote]If you participate in that sort of thing then you run the risk.Real life isn't like the film "Pretty Woman" Zexagon
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Sat 26 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

Rape should never be trivialised, if this was a prostitute and she was raped that would be appaling for any woman prostitute or not.

the suspicion is would it be classed as rape if it was a case of having sex and not paying for it afterwards? Or would this be taking goods under false pretences.
Rape should never be trivialised, if this was a prostitute and she was raped that would be appaling for any woman prostitute or not. the suspicion is would it be classed as rape if it was a case of having sex and not paying for it afterwards? Or would this be taking goods under false pretences. issacchunt
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

KSO16R says...

Zexagon wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.
It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.
Your comment went downhill from the word 'but' 10 words too many
If you participate in that sort of thing then you run the risk.Real life isn't like the film "Pretty Woman"
This article is about rape. Under no circumstances is that acceptible.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: 'Outside the box' and 'peoples choice' had posted comments yesterday trvializing this incident and incinuating that rape is ok if it is a prostitute. Shame on them.[/p][/quote]It's not ok but if you play with fire you may get burnt.[/p][/quote]Your comment went downhill from the word 'but' 10 words too many[/p][/quote]If you participate in that sort of thing then you run the risk.Real life isn't like the film "Pretty Woman"[/p][/quote]This article is about rape. Under no circumstances is that acceptible. KSO16R
  • Score: 1

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