Police appeal following ‘suspicious incident’ in Fareham

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POLICE have launched an appeal for witnesses after a woman was grabbed from behind by a man in Fareham.

The incident, which officers are describing as ‘suspicious’, happened at around 10.30pm on Thursday, October 11, in an area close to the town centre – known locally as the Gillies.

A 19-year-old woman, from Fareham, was walking along West Street and then through the Gillies.

Police say she was grabbed from behind who she believes may have followed her after she passed him at a bus stop in West Street.

The man covered her mouth and she fell to the ground before asking her to use her mobile phone.

The suspect is described as white, in his early 20s, with an average build and between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins tall. He had short cropped blond hair, and a local accent, and wore a mid-thigh length fluorescent jacket.

Det Con Wes Arnold, from Fareham police station, said: ‘This was an isolated incident and this time we do not know the motive as the victim was not threatened and the suspect did not use violence of steal anything.

‘I would appeal for anyone who was in the area of West Street or the Gillies at the time of the incident to contact police if they saw anyone wearing a fluorescent jacket or matching the description.’

If you have information, call Fareham police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.