Concern for woman after 999 phone call

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AN APPEAL has been launched to identify a woman who reported an assault to the police.

The woman was dropped off by a white van in Shaftesbury Avenue, Waterlooville, in a distressed state at about 8.45pm on Thursday.

It is believed the woman was having an argument with a man driving the van.

She approached two 16-year-old girls walking along the same road and asked them if she could borrow their phone to call the police.

One of the girls handed over her phone and a 999 call was made.

The woman had left the area on police arrival. It is not clear whether the woman got back in the van or ran away on foot.

The woman was described as white, of slim build, aged in her 20s, with a long dark hair in a ponytail, and wearing wedge trainers, skinny blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Det Sgt Simon Clacey, from Waterlooville CID, said: ‘We are concerned for this woman’s welfare due to her distressed state during the call to police last night.’

Call police on 101.