Major investigation under way after woman raped in city park

Daily Echo: Police tape off Palmerston Park in Southampton. Police tape off Palmerston Park in Southampton.

A HUNT is under way today for a rapist who dragged a young woman into bushes and assaulted her in a city centre park.

The terrifying attack happened in the early hours of yesterday morning – just a stone’s throw from where the 19-year-old victim’s friends were waiting for her on a bench.

The group had been on a night out and were sitting together moments before the young woman left them and entered the park.

Moments later the student was pounced on from behind by her attacker, who put his hand over her mouth and pulled her into the undergrowth before carrying out the frightening sex assault.

When the ordeal ended, the girl managed to get away and return to her friends, who she then told what had happened.

They took her to a parked ambulance, where she told staff, who then raised the alarm and alerted police.

Yesterday the scene at Palmerston Park, at the back of Above Bar Street, Southampton, was cordoned off as scenes of crime officers carried out investigations.

Detectives leading the hunt said that urgent forensic samples had been sent off for testing and they were hoping to have results as soon as next week.

Throughout the bank holiday weekend extra police patrols will be deployed to the city centre in a bid to reassure revellers enjoying a night out.

Meanwhile extensive enquiries are under way to try to trace the man responsible – with footage from nearby CCTV cameras being scoured in the hope of identifying any suspects.

The assault, which happened at about 2am, is the latest in a series of similar incidents in Southampton in recent months.

However, detectives say that there is nothing currently to link them – although they are keeping an open mind and will be looking at other sex attacks reported in the city centre as part of their enquiry.

Detective Inspector Jim Park is leading the hunt and wants to hear from anyone who saw a man running away from the park area.

Currently the description is vague – the victim has only been able to tell police that her attacker was white.

DI Park said: “I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious.

“There is nothing at this stage to link this investigation to previous recent allegations of sexual assault in Southampton.”

Superintendent James Fulton also warned people to ensure that they take responsible measures to keep themselves safe.

He said: “As we’re moving towards the summer months, we’ve got lots of students and young people heading for nights out in the city and I hope that everyone has an enjoyable time.

“I would always urge you to be aware of your personal safety and look after yourself and your friends. This applies to both men and women of all ages.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

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1:04pm Sat 24 May 14

ToastyTea says...

Terrible, poor woman. Hope they catch this scum asap.
Terrible, poor woman. Hope they catch this scum asap. ToastyTea
  • Score: 11

1:13pm Sat 24 May 14

Turtlebay says...

I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly.

However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her!
I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly. However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her! Turtlebay
  • Score: 5

1:40pm Sat 24 May 14

Huey says...

Traffic, rapes, home invasions... Welcome to Southampton! What a dump.
Traffic, rapes, home invasions... Welcome to Southampton! What a dump. Huey
  • Score: -3

1:43pm Sat 24 May 14

bigfella777 says...

For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets
.
Do we know the background of these people? No
Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act
1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any
deserted or unoccupied building,
or in the open air, or under a tent,
or in any cart or wagon, and not
giving a good account of himself”
is committing a crime. This means
the police can arrest you for
sleeping on the street if;
Is it a criminal
offence to sleep
on the street?
01
there is a shelter nearby, you know
about the shelter, and you don’t go
there,
02
you make a habit of sleeping on the
street, even though you have been
offered a place in a shelter

So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it?
I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough.
I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they?
It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.
For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets . Do we know the background of these people? No Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or wagon, and not giving a good account of himself” is committing a crime. This means the police can arrest you for sleeping on the street if; Is it a criminal offence to sleep on the street? 01 there is a shelter nearby, you know about the shelter, and you don’t go there, 02 you make a habit of sleeping on the street, even though you have been offered a place in a shelter So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it? I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough. I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they? It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion. bigfella777
  • Score: 9

1:55pm Sat 24 May 14

St.Winch70 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets
.
Do we know the background of these people? No
Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act
1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any
deserted or unoccupied building,
or in the open air, or under a tent,
or in any cart or wagon, and not
giving a good account of himself”
is committing a crime. This means
the police can arrest you for
sleeping on the street if;
Is it a criminal
offence to sleep
on the street?
01
there is a shelter nearby, you know
about the shelter, and you don’t go
there,
02
you make a habit of sleeping on the
street, even though you have been
offered a place in a shelter

So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it?
I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough.
I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they?
It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.
Yes it is the lifestyle of choice for many.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets . Do we know the background of these people? No Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or wagon, and not giving a good account of himself” is committing a crime. This means the police can arrest you for sleeping on the street if; Is it a criminal offence to sleep on the street? 01 there is a shelter nearby, you know about the shelter, and you don’t go there, 02 you make a habit of sleeping on the street, even though you have been offered a place in a shelter So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it? I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough. I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they? It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Yes it is the lifestyle of choice for many. St.Winch70
  • Score: -7

1:58pm Sat 24 May 14

Missdoyle says...

bigfella777 wrote:
For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets
.
Do we know the background of these people? No
Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act
1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any
deserted or unoccupied building,
or in the open air, or under a tent,
or in any cart or wagon, and not
giving a good account of himself”
is committing a crime. This means
the police can arrest you for
sleeping on the street if;
Is it a criminal
offence to sleep
on the street?
01
there is a shelter nearby, you know
about the shelter, and you don’t go
there,
02
you make a habit of sleeping on the
street, even though you have been
offered a place in a shelter

So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it?
I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough.
I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they?
It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.
I was.nearly.attacked.
in town and was saved by.a.homeless person...
I have also been homeless myslelf . When I was a kid and had no where.to stay as shelters where full should I have been nicked?
You are saying if people weren't homeless people wouldn't be raped?
Cctv and lighting is what's needed int he park cos then junkies won't jack.up in a blatantly lit area alcys won't linger and rapists can't hide
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets . Do we know the background of these people? No Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or wagon, and not giving a good account of himself” is committing a crime. This means the police can arrest you for sleeping on the street if; Is it a criminal offence to sleep on the street? 01 there is a shelter nearby, you know about the shelter, and you don’t go there, 02 you make a habit of sleeping on the street, even though you have been offered a place in a shelter So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it? I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough. I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they? It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.[/p][/quote]I was.nearly.attacked. in town and was saved by.a.homeless person... I have also been homeless myslelf . When I was a kid and had no where.to stay as shelters where full should I have been nicked? You are saying if people weren't homeless people wouldn't be raped? Cctv and lighting is what's needed int he park cos then junkies won't jack.up in a blatantly lit area alcys won't linger and rapists can't hide Missdoyle
  • Score: 30

1:59pm Sat 24 May 14

Missdoyle says...

Missdoyle wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets
.
Do we know the background of these people? No
Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act
1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any
deserted or unoccupied building,
or in the open air, or under a tent,
or in any cart or wagon, and not
giving a good account of himself”
is committing a crime. This means
the police can arrest you for
sleeping on the street if;
Is it a criminal
offence to sleep
on the street?
01
there is a shelter nearby, you know
about the shelter, and you don’t go
there,
02
you make a habit of sleeping on the
street, even though you have been
offered a place in a shelter

So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it?
I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough.
I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they?
It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.
I was.nearly.attacked.

in town and was saved by.a.homeless person...
I have also been homeless myslelf . When I was a kid and had no where.to stay as shelters where full should I have been nicked?
You are saying if people weren't homeless people wouldn't be raped?
Cctv and lighting is what's needed int he park cos then junkies won't jack.up in a blatantly lit area alcys won't linger and rapists can't hide
Apologies for typos and full stops dodgy keyboard
[quote][p][bold]Missdoyle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets . Do we know the background of these people? No Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or wagon, and not giving a good account of himself” is committing a crime. This means the police can arrest you for sleeping on the street if; Is it a criminal offence to sleep on the street? 01 there is a shelter nearby, you know about the shelter, and you don’t go there, 02 you make a habit of sleeping on the street, even though you have been offered a place in a shelter So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it? I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough. I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they? It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.[/p][/quote]I was.nearly.attacked. in town and was saved by.a.homeless person... I have also been homeless myslelf . When I was a kid and had no where.to stay as shelters where full should I have been nicked? You are saying if people weren't homeless people wouldn't be raped? Cctv and lighting is what's needed int he park cos then junkies won't jack.up in a blatantly lit area alcys won't linger and rapists can't hide[/p][/quote]Apologies for typos and full stops dodgy keyboard Missdoyle
  • Score: 1

2:37pm Sat 24 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Would it be too much to ask for the Council to use the extra revenue raised from Night Club Tax and extra night-time parking charges to install a few lights and cameras and perhaps a Parks Patrol,to protect the very people who use Town at night?
Would it be too much to ask for the Council to use the extra revenue raised from Night Club Tax and extra night-time parking charges to install a few lights and cameras and perhaps a Parks Patrol,to protect the very people who use Town at night? 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 15

2:58pm Sat 24 May 14

bigfella777 says...

I'm in no way saying that this attack is not awful but the story says she was with a group of friends and went into the park, I would assume she went to use the park as a toilet in the process exposing herself. All students as freshers are told over and over again, never go into the parks at night and never alone. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
I'm in no way saying that this attack is not awful but the story says she was with a group of friends and went into the park, I would assume she went to use the park as a toilet in the process exposing herself. All students as freshers are told over and over again, never go into the parks at night and never alone. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. bigfella777
  • Score: -4

3:29pm Sat 24 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
Would it be too much to ask for the Council to use the extra revenue raised from Night Club Tax and extra night-time parking charges to install a few lights and cameras and perhaps a Parks Patrol,to protect the very people who use Town at night?
Some public toilets would be more useful, then there would be no need for anyone to go into the parks at night.
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: Would it be too much to ask for the Council to use the extra revenue raised from Night Club Tax and extra night-time parking charges to install a few lights and cameras and perhaps a Parks Patrol,to protect the very people who use Town at night?[/p][/quote]Some public toilets would be more useful, then there would be no need for anyone to go into the parks at night. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 13

4:06pm Sat 24 May 14

loosehead says...

How many times has this now happened? yes women & men should be safe walking anywhere in this city but they're not.
The poor unfortunate young lady was a student. I hope the Uni's colleges are warning all students no matter what sex not to walk through parks or anywhere at night by themselves as unless we have a machine that can detect these people until they've committed an offence we can't stop them.
I hope the young lady is okay!
How many times has this now happened? yes women & men should be safe walking anywhere in this city but they're not. The poor unfortunate young lady was a student. I hope the Uni's colleges are warning all students no matter what sex not to walk through parks or anywhere at night by themselves as unless we have a machine that can detect these people until they've committed an offence we can't stop them. I hope the young lady is okay! loosehead
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Sat 24 May 14

Reality-man says...

How many more people are going to be raped or attacked in our parks before proper action is taken? How much does it cost to improve lighting and put CCTV on every entrance to our parks? How many days worth of revenue from the 3rd biggest earning speed camera in Britain (on Bitterne road west) would it take to cover the cost? I accept road safety is a separate issue but there must be ways to raise the money?
How many more people are going to be raped or attacked in our parks before proper action is taken? How much does it cost to improve lighting and put CCTV on every entrance to our parks? How many days worth of revenue from the 3rd biggest earning speed camera in Britain (on Bitterne road west) would it take to cover the cost? I accept road safety is a separate issue but there must be ways to raise the money? Reality-man
  • Score: 3

7:34pm Sat 24 May 14

Facewagon says...

Turtlebay wrote:
I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly.

However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her!
Really? Men are raping because prostitutes aren't being provided?
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly. However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her![/p][/quote]Really? Men are raping because prostitutes aren't being provided? Facewagon
  • Score: 2

8:51pm Sat 24 May 14

loosehead says...

Reality-man wrote:
How many more people are going to be raped or attacked in our parks before proper action is taken? How much does it cost to improve lighting and put CCTV on every entrance to our parks? How many days worth of revenue from the 3rd biggest earning speed camera in Britain (on Bitterne road west) would it take to cover the cost? I accept road safety is a separate issue but there must be ways to raise the money?
you'd have to have them right around the perimeter fence as people woul;d jump the fence if they knew a camera was on the entrance.
Pity there are no townies volunteering to set up a night patrol through the parks at night?
People who live there & know the other people of town.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: How many more people are going to be raped or attacked in our parks before proper action is taken? How much does it cost to improve lighting and put CCTV on every entrance to our parks? How many days worth of revenue from the 3rd biggest earning speed camera in Britain (on Bitterne road west) would it take to cover the cost? I accept road safety is a separate issue but there must be ways to raise the money?[/p][/quote]you'd have to have them right around the perimeter fence as people woul;d jump the fence if they knew a camera was on the entrance. Pity there are no townies volunteering to set up a night patrol through the parks at night? People who live there & know the other people of town. loosehead
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Sat 24 May 14

solomum says...

bigfella777 wrote:
For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets
.
Do we know the background of these people? No
Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act
1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any
deserted or unoccupied building,
or in the open air, or under a tent,
or in any cart or wagon, and not
giving a good account of himself”
is committing a crime. This means
the police can arrest you for
sleeping on the street if;
Is it a criminal
offence to sleep
on the street?
01
there is a shelter nearby, you know
about the shelter, and you don’t go
there,
02
you make a habit of sleeping on the
street, even though you have been
offered a place in a shelter

So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it?
I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough.
I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they?
It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.
Where do you suggest these so called layabouts go? Once on the street, they have entered a slippery slope that is very very difficult to get out of. Not all of them are responsible for trouble and I very much doubt it would be a homeless person who carried out this vile act. Most of them are just coping with surviving, not planning a sexual attack on someone.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: For my mind there are too many rough sleepers in Southampton. Walk down Above Bar early any morning and there are people in sleeping bags all over the place. They are responsible for petty crime including begging, shoplifting, drug dealing,street drinking and using public areas as toilets . Do we know the background of these people? No Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 says that a person.wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or wagon, and not giving a good account of himself” is committing a crime. This means the police can arrest you for sleeping on the street if; Is it a criminal offence to sleep on the street? 01 there is a shelter nearby, you know about the shelter, and you don’t go there, 02 you make a habit of sleeping on the street, even though you have been offered a place in a shelter So why is it allowed to continue? As a city resident I have seen the same people begging for up to 3 years, day in day out. Is it not fair to assume that these people would have been helped by now if they wanted it? I also know that some of the beggars are housed and can make up to £100 a day tax free plus their benfits and free methadone/subutex if they are persistent enough. I thought it was the job of the police to uphold laws and protect the public so why aren't they? It's high time the city centre was cleansed of these layabouts in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Where do you suggest these so called layabouts go? Once on the street, they have entered a slippery slope that is very very difficult to get out of. Not all of them are responsible for trouble and I very much doubt it would be a homeless person who carried out this vile act. Most of them are just coping with surviving, not planning a sexual attack on someone. solomum
  • Score: 8

10:33pm Sat 24 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

Southampton council lists 58 parks, 18 of which are in the central area, including The Common. It would cost millions to provide the lighting and cameras that are being suggested. Why are people going into the parks at night? Find that out and maybe targeted publicity can start to persuade people not to go there at night.
Southampton council lists 58 parks, 18 of which are in the central area, including The Common. It would cost millions to provide the lighting and cameras that are being suggested. Why are people going into the parks at night? Find that out and maybe targeted publicity can start to persuade people not to go there at night. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

10:44pm Sat 24 May 14

Reality-man says...

loosehead wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
How many more people are going to be raped or attacked in our parks before proper action is taken? How much does it cost to improve lighting and put CCTV on every entrance to our parks? How many days worth of revenue from the 3rd biggest earning speed camera in Britain (on Bitterne road west) would it take to cover the cost? I accept road safety is a separate issue but there must be ways to raise the money?
you'd have to have them right around the perimeter fence as people woul;d jump the fence if they knew a camera was on the entrance.
Pity there are no townies volunteering to set up a night patrol through the parks at night?
People who live there & know the other people of town.
Yeah you're right about the perimeter, but with decent cameras also within the park and better lighting I'm sure most areas could be covered. Or yes, even security guards in the parks? There must be something that could be done to vastly improve the current situation. Just seems we are constantly reading about more and more attacks yet no improvements to safety are made
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: How many more people are going to be raped or attacked in our parks before proper action is taken? How much does it cost to improve lighting and put CCTV on every entrance to our parks? How many days worth of revenue from the 3rd biggest earning speed camera in Britain (on Bitterne road west) would it take to cover the cost? I accept road safety is a separate issue but there must be ways to raise the money?[/p][/quote]you'd have to have them right around the perimeter fence as people woul;d jump the fence if they knew a camera was on the entrance. Pity there are no townies volunteering to set up a night patrol through the parks at night? People who live there & know the other people of town.[/p][/quote]Yeah you're right about the perimeter, but with decent cameras also within the park and better lighting I'm sure most areas could be covered. Or yes, even security guards in the parks? There must be something that could be done to vastly improve the current situation. Just seems we are constantly reading about more and more attacks yet no improvements to safety are made Reality-man
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Sun 25 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

If you put lights and cameras in the parks people wouldn't be able to use them as toilets. Then where would they go?
If you put lights and cameras in the parks people wouldn't be able to use them as toilets. Then where would they go? BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Sun 25 May 14

20rozell says...

Turtlebay wrote:
I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly.

However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her!
surely if the police did a mass DNA test of every male aged 18-30 within a 3 mile radius of the Southampton parks where most of the sex attacks have taken part over the past few years,then the majority of these crimes would be resolved ? And they have the resources,just spend less time harassing motorists with the speed cameras (The Avenue at 2am,Northam Bridge etc),and more time going after rapists !
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly. However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her![/p][/quote]surely if the police did a mass DNA test of every male aged 18-30 within a 3 mile radius of the Southampton parks where most of the sex attacks have taken part over the past few years,then the majority of these crimes would be resolved ? And they have the resources,just spend less time harassing motorists with the speed cameras (The Avenue at 2am,Northam Bridge etc),and more time going after rapists ! 20rozell
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8:09pm Sun 25 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

Or you could arrest all men in a 10 mile radius. Torture them until they confess and then hang them. Either that or people could stay out of the parks at night. Stop peeing in the park and getting caught with your kn1ckers down!
Or you could arrest all men in a 10 mile radius. Torture them until they confess and then hang them. Either that or people could stay out of the parks at night. Stop peeing in the park and getting caught with your kn1ckers down! BeyondImagination
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10:27pm Mon 26 May 14

amelia75 says...

OR you could stop walking through parks late at night ?? I dont like walking through soton in the light let alone in the dark
OR you could stop walking through parks late at night ?? I dont like walking through soton in the light let alone in the dark amelia75
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9:13am Sat 14 Jun 14

Stiofan says...

20rozell wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly.

However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her!
surely if the police did a mass DNA test of every male aged 18-30 within a 3 mile radius of the Southampton parks where most of the sex attacks have taken part over the past few years,then the majority of these crimes would be resolved ? And they have the resources,just spend less time harassing motorists with the speed cameras (The Avenue at 2am,Northam Bridge etc),and more time going after rapists !
I generally dislike Police being able to do anything like this but there have been many attacks in the Centre and in other parts of Southampton so it might be worth having a mass DNA-screening to try to clear up the rapes. Hopefully this will result in arrests of all responsible and then the Police can invest more in crime prevention (as they won't be using all their resources searching if they have all rapists charged - assuming it works, if students have been responsible for previous attacks, then they could get away with it due to moving away, back home or whever.)
[quote][p][bold]20rozell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I too hope he's caught very soon and I hope the girl recovers quickly. However my main point is that these crimes seem to be on the increase in Central Southampton. I wonder if the old red light district hadn't been closed down, if these crimes would have happened? Prostitution is sometimes called the oldest profession and whilst the ladies that were involved are no doubt safe, at least if a man needed relief badly enough, he could go to them instead of grabbing a terrified stranger and raping her![/p][/quote]surely if the police did a mass DNA test of every male aged 18-30 within a 3 mile radius of the Southampton parks where most of the sex attacks have taken part over the past few years,then the majority of these crimes would be resolved ? And they have the resources,just spend less time harassing motorists with the speed cameras (The Avenue at 2am,Northam Bridge etc),and more time going after rapists ![/p][/quote]I generally dislike Police being able to do anything like this but there have been many attacks in the Centre and in other parts of Southampton so it might be worth having a mass DNA-screening to try to clear up the rapes. Hopefully this will result in arrests of all responsible and then the Police can invest more in crime prevention (as they won't be using all their resources searching if they have all rapists charged - assuming it works, if students have been responsible for previous attacks, then they could get away with it due to moving away, back home or whever.) Stiofan
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