Portsmouth police tape off area near Buckland school as rape investigation continues

DETECTIVES have spent the day investigating an alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman near a school.

By Millie Salkeld
Sunday, 20th September 2020, 5:03 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th September 2020, 5:57 pm

Police have been conducting enquiries today after the incident in Buckland, between midnight and 1am this morning, when the teenager was approached by two men as she walked along Lake Road, who continued to follow her to Turner Road.

An area near and around Ark Dickens Primary School has been taped off and evidence markers laid out on the ground.

Police are appealing for witnesses, CCTV and dashcam footage to help with their investigation.

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Police are investigating a rape in Turner Road, Buckland. Picture: Keith Woodland (200920-11) Picture: Keith Woodland (200920-1)

Detective Inspector Emma Crute said: ‘This has been a very distressing incident for the victim and I want to urge anyone who may be able to assist our enquiries to get in contact with us as soon as possible.

‘We believe the men may have been disturbed by a car driving close by. We urgently want to speak with anyone who may have driven along Turner Road just before 1am this morning.’

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Neither of the men was known to the woman, who is currently receiving support from specialist officers.

Police are investigating a rape in Turner Road, Buckland. Picture: Keith Woodland (200920-11)

The news has shocked the community.

One News reader on Facebook said: ‘Portsmouth has become so unsafe hope they find the men who did it and justice is served. It still doesn’t take away what this poor young lady has gone through.’

Another added: ‘I hope this poor girl gets all the help and support she needs. Something has to be done. Portsmouth is getting worse.’

There have been two other incidents of alleged rape in the city in the last month.

Police are investigating a rape in Turner Road, Buckland. Picture: Keith Woodland (200920-11)

A 40-year-old woman was attacked on Southsea Common on August 3.

He was described as white with a heavy build and facial hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap, a dark top with a zip, and a blue surgical facemask.

A man was previously arrested on suspicion of rape.

Police are investigating a rape in Turner Road, Buckland. Picture: Keith Woodland (200920-11)

In another incident, a 19-year-old woman was attacked on August 29 in an alleyway off Clarendon Road.

Anyone with information that could help police with the Turner Road investigation should call 101, quoting 44200364429 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

DCI Crute added: ‘I am also keen to speak with anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously or hanging around in the hour before in Lake Road, or anyone who drove through this area or Turner Road between midnight and 1am and has dash cam footage.

‘Please, if you live in and around Lake Road or Turner Road and have CCTV outside your house, could you also check this as well, as you may have vital footage that could assist us.

‘You will see officers conducting enquiries in the area, if you have any concerns or any information that could help, then please do not hesitate to approach them.

‘Any information, however small you feel it may be, could be vital to our investigation.’

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