DETECTIVES are investigating claims a distressed woman in Southsea was assaulted.
An off-duty police officer went to help a woman screaming in the street near the junction of Elm Grove and Pelham Road, in Portsmouth.
The woman had cuts and bruises – and informed police that she had been assaulted.
Her injuries are not life-threatening.
Officers are providing support for the woman’s welfare as enquiries continue to establish exactly how and when she was assaulted.
The incident happened shortly before 6.40pm on Friday, January 3.
Police are now appealing for witnesses.
Officers are asking people to come forward, who may have seen a woman, aged in her 40s, walking in distress in Elm Grove or Pelham Road between 6pm and 6.40pm.
The police are also interested in speaking to people who may have noticed someone else who may have seemed suspicious nearby around the same time on Friday, January 3.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact CID at Fratton police station by phoning 101.
If you wish to remain anonymous, phone the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.