CCTV released of man wanted for alleged rape case

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POLICE have released this CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with an alleged rape.

The sex attack is said to have happened after the pair met in Albert Road, Southsea.

The victim, a 47-year-old woman, got chatting to the man and they went for a drink together in one of the bustling street’s pubs.

Police have not released the name of the pub but they say the area was busy with people at the time.

The attack is alleged to have taken place on Wednesday, January 19.

The woman called 999 at around 10.15pm from her mobile phone to say she had been assaulted in nearby Merton Road.

She was in a distressed state and has since been looked after at the Treetops centre in Cosham, a specialist centre for victims of sexual assault.

Since the alleged attack police have carried out door-to-door inquiries in a number of streets around Albert Road, Victoria Road South and Merton Road, in a bid to establish the identity of the man caught on CCTV.

Now detectives are hoping readers of The News can help.

The suspect was black, about 20 years old and 5ft 6in tall.

He was wearing a black jacket, jeans and a baseball cap.

Detective Constable Andy Larder, from Portsmouth CID, said: ‘We’re now in a position to release this CCTV image of our suspect and appeal for information from the public.

‘It’s believed the suspect lives and works around the Albert Road area and I’d like to hear from anyone who recognises him.

‘The victim is quite vulnerable and built up a relationship with the man that evening to the point where she thought she could trust him. We’re treating this as an isolated case and there is nothing to suggest that he poses an immediate danger to other women.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Larder at Fratton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.