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RESIDENTS have spoken of their shock after a woman was viciously attacked by three men as she walked home.

The 25-year-old woman was set upon by three men near an alleyway and pushed to floor before one of the attackers kicked her in the face.

Local residents Hannah Tigg (left), 29, and Bobby Woodley, 31, in the alleyway off Crondall Avenye, Leigh Park, where a woman was attacked.

Local residents Hannah Tigg (left), 29, and Bobby Woodley, 31, in the alleyway off Crondall Avenye, Leigh Park, where a woman was attacked.

The attack, described as ‘cowardly’ by police, happened as the woman walked along Crondall Avenue, near an alleyway that connects the road with Danesbury Close, in Leigh Park.

A group of three men appeared from the alleyway and one is alleged to have pushed the woman to the floor and kicked her in the face before all three ran away.

The victim, who lives locally, was shaken by the incident.

PC Dan Neligan, who is investigating the crime, said: ‘This was a cowardly, unprovoked attack that the left the victim shaken and hurt with bruising to her face.’

I don’t feel safe, especially walking on your own now, getting jumped by three blokes

Hannah Tigg

Women in Leigh Park today said they did not feel safe and condemned the attackers.

Bobby Woodley, 31, said: ‘I think it’s disgusting.

‘It’s right on our doorstep. You aren’t safe anywhere.

‘They didn’t take anything off her - they just beat her up.’

Hannah Tigg, 29, added: ‘It’s sick, it’s horrible.

‘My sister lives through that alleyway and walks her dog through there.

‘I don’t feel safe, especially walking on your own now, getting jumped by three blokes.’

The attack happened at about 2.30am last Friday, although details have just been released by the police.

Police appealed directly to local residents to come forward with any information.

PC Neligan said: ‘Perhaps you were woken by a loud noise or rowdy behaviour that gave you cause to look out of your window at around the time of the incident?

‘Alternatively you may have been making your own way home and recall seeing a group of three men who you may know?

‘Any information you have, however minor you feel it may be, could assist in the development of this investigation.’

Please contact PC 22075 Dan Neligan by phoning Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

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