POLICE are hunting for a man in connection with a city centre rape.

A 17-year-old girl was raped in Houndwell Park, Southampton yesterday morning, according to police. 

She was walking through the park at around 10am when she is said to have been approached and raped.

The man has been described as white, in his 40’s and wearing shorts.

Officers have now ramped up patrols in the area.

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However, no one has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.

The girl is being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Inspector Matt Watson said: “This incident happened at a busy time of day in a widely used park that’s also a popular walk-through.

“We believe there may have been a group of students in the park at around the time of the incident. Was this you? We would like to appeal to this group and anyone else who was in or near to the park yesterday morning to get in touch with us.

“Were you in the area yesterday morning between 10am and 10.30am and did you see anyone or anything suspicious?

“It’s important you get in contact with us and tell us what you know.

“Officers from the Southampton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team have increased patrols in the area over the weekend. Please do speak to them if you have any concerns.”

“If you have any information that could assist, no matter how small or insignificant you think it might be, it could really help our investigation. Please get in contact with us via 101 quoting 44200438513.”

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.