DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a teenager in a Southampton park have released a more detailed description of the man they are hunting and the route he may have taken to escape the scene of the attack.

An 18-year-old woman was assaulted on Sunday, December 2 between 11pm and 11.50pm in Riverside Park just off of Woodmill Lane.

Detectives believe the man started walking from the bus stop on Wessex Lane towards Woodmill Lane. The attack then takes place in an area of woodland between the skate park and the tennis courts.

After the attack, it is believed the man ran off down Woodmill Lane and towards Manor Farm Road on the right, and Forest Hill Drive on the left.

He may have then used a variety of roads to leave the scene in the surrounding neighbourhood.

The man has been described as white, in his 30s and tall with a medium build.

He spoke with a southern English accent. He had stubble on his face and top lip, like he hadn’t shaven for a few days, and he had a wide mouth. His hair was medium coloured brown and shaven all over, like a grade 1.

He was wearing a dark green top with a hood and dark trainers.

Detectives are urging anyone who recognises this description, or saw someone matching this description in the area at the time, to get in contact.

Chief Inspector Phil Lamb said: “I believe someone will know who this is from how this man has been described.

“We would like contact from anyone who lives in this area who has private CCTV, dash cam or a doorbell cam. Please give us a call, the information or material you have may seem small or insignificant to you, but it might prove to be incredibly valuable to the investigation.

“We know this kind of crime can have a big impact on the community that’s why we continue to patrol the area and make sure you feel safer.

“If you have any concerns, please come and speak to us. Furthermore, if you have any information, material or footage that can help, please dial 101 and quote Operation Scorch or 44180450724.”