Appeal after woman indecently assaulted in Havant

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Police are hunting a man who made inappropriate gestures and comments towards a woman before indecently assaulting her.

The 23-year-old victim was followed by a man along South Street in Havant.

After the assault, she used her phone to call someone and walked away.

The man is tanned, possibly Middle Eastern, and in his late 20s.

He had a medium build, was around 5ft 6ins tall, and had a round-shaped face with no visible facial hair.

He wore a light grey hooded jumper with the hood up.

He spoke with an accent.

Police staff investigator Kerri O’Connell said: ‘There were a number of people in the area near Lloyds Bank on West Street at the time of this assault.

‘The man was reported to have followed the victim from this area.

‘If you remember seeing anyone matching the description, please contact us.

‘This is a rare incident to happen in Havant, however we would like to remind members of the public to be aware of your surroundings and to avoid any dark and secluded areas.’

The assault happened at 3.45pm on January 16.

Information should go to police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.