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Hunt continues for attacker of jogger in woodland in Aldermoor area of Southampton
POLICE are continuing their hunt for a man who attacked a woman as she jogged through woodland in Southampton.
The 36-year-old victim was jogging through the wooded area opposite Aldermoor Avenue on Aldermoor Road just before 8.30am when she was assaulted by a man in his late 20s.
He was described as around 5ft 10in and was wearing blue jeans, a black raincoat and possibly light coloured gloves.
A heavy police presence descended on the area as officers and community support staff circled the woodland all day looking for clues that could lead them to the attacker.
Last night residents spoke of their concerns following the incident.
Jane Ward, 51, a shop shelf filler, said: “It’s very scary because I take my dog up there and my son sometimes comes in quite late. It’s fine round here normally. We don’t get any trouble here normally.”
Grandmother-of-two Catherine Julliand, 54, a care manager, said: “I feel terrible now. I feel worried for dog walkers and kids who go to school early.
“I feel safe with the people who live here because I know everyone. It’s like a big family here. If something like this happens we all stick together and look after each other.”
Jan Bryant, 47, a health care assistant, said: “It’s scary really.
It’s not safe anywhere. I’m glad all my kids are grown up.”
Coxford ward councillor Don Thomas said: “Details are still very sketchy at the moment but thankfully these sorts of horrible attacks are rarer than we think. We have just had new lighting installed in the area, which we are hoping will make everyone feel safer.
“This [attack] was apparently in broad daylight and we must all get behind the police to hunt this animal down but I don’t think any animal would attack in such a way.”
Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time who saw any of the incident or believes they may have seen the man or the victim.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Western Area CID team at Southampton Central police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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