Witnesses sought to Winston Churchill Avenue sex attack

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PORTSMOUTH police are appealing for witnesses after an suspected sexual assault on a 20-year-old woman.

The assault took place on the walkway in Somers Town that runs alongside Winston Churchill Avenue sometime between 6pm and 6.15pm on Wednesday June 22.

Investigating officer PC Sabrina West of Portsmouth’s Targeted Patrol Teams said: ‘The woman was shaken by what happened but is now safe and well staying with relatives.

‘She saw a man wearing a red jacket walking his dog along the pathway just prior to the assault.

‘We would ask him or any other witnesses who may have seen a man matching this description to come forward and help us with our enquiries.’

The suspect was a white man, around 20 years old, 5ft 9 ins to 6ft tall, of medium build, and was wearing dark tracksuit bottoms and a dark hooded top, which was up and covering a dark baseball cap,

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Sabrina West at Cosham Police Station by phoning 101.