Woman, 19, seriously sexually assaulted after leaving Astoria

A teenager was seriously sexually assaulted after leaving a nightclub.

Monday, 1st November 2021, 4:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th November 2021, 1:19 pm

Hampshire police said the 19-year-old woman had been out at Astoria nightclub in Guildhall Walk when she got in a taxi with two men at 12.46am on Saturday, August 28.

She was dropped off in Twyford Avenue, in Stamshaw, at 12.54am before she headed into Gruneisen Road.

Police said the serious sexual assault happened between 12.54am and 2am.

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Police have identified two men in a sex assault investigation

A detective said ‘all lines of enquiry’ had been followed in the two months since the incident.

A Bordon man, 19, had previously been arrested but was released with no further action.

Police released pictures of two men they wanted to speak to and say they have now identified the pair. An 18-year-old man voluntarily attended a station and has been interviewed under caution.

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Detective Inspector Wayne Jackson said: ‘This has been a very distressing incident for the victim and we have been following all lines of enquiry to identify those involved.’

The teenager is receiving specialist support, the spokeswoman said.

Call 101 with information quoting 44210344253, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Support is available

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (Parcs) provides information and emotional support for anyone aged 18 or over.

The women’s helpline is (023) 9266 9511 and the men’s helpline is (023) 9266 9516.

Lines are open Monday 1pm until 3pm, Wednesday and Friday 7pm until 10pm. There is an answer machine outside of these hours.

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