Witness appeal launched following assault of teenager in Southampton
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Officers investigating an assault against a teenage girl in Southampton are seeking to identify a number of witnesses who may hold vital information to the ongoing investigation.
It comes after a 16-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man while she was walking along Weston Shore between 8.30pm and 8.40pm on Monday 9 October.
It is reported that she was physically assaulted during an unprovoked incident, resulting in her receiving minor injuries.
The teenager escaped from the man and spoke to a number of members of the public who were in the area at the time.
The man ran in the direction of Netley following the incident.
He is described as being a white man, aged approximately 35-40 years old, large build with a shaven head.
Detective Constable Eloise Prowting, said: “We understand that news of this incident will be concerning to the local community and we are exploring all viable lines of enquiries to identify the suspect.
“We know from our enquiries that the victim spoke to a number of people in the area at the time shortly after the alleged assault – a woman with a small child, a runner and a man pushing a trolley.
“Was this you? Did you remember speaking to the victim? If so, we would implore you to please come forward and speak with us in terms of any vital information that you might have which could aid our investigation.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 101, quoting crime reference number 44230413853.
Alternatively, you can visit the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary website and make a report there: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/.
You can also call independent charity, Crimestoppers, to give information anonymously on 0800 555 111.