Woman sexually assaulted near Cenotaph in Guildhall Square Portsmouth on New Year's Day

Police have identified a man they wanted to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted near a war memorial in Portsmouth in the early hours of the new year.

Friday, 14th January 2022, 5:44 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th January 2022, 4:48 pm

The incident was reported to have happened near the Guildhall Square Cenotaph on New Year’s Day. On Friday police released a picture of a man to whom they wanted to speak.

Today they say they have identified him. Nobody has been arrested.

Between 3am and 4.20am, an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a male stranger.

Police have identified a man they want to talk to about a sexual offence in Portsmouth

The woman is being supported by specialist officers.

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Officers are still appealing for information.

A statement from Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We have been conducting a number of lines of enquiry as part of our investigation into this incident.

‘We believe a group of people assisted the victim after the incident, was this you?

‘We believe there may have been a number of people in the area at the time following New Year’s Eve celebrations and would like to hear from anyone with information that may assist our enquiries into this investigation, no matter how small it may seem.

‘We understand that incidents of this nature can be concerning, however we’d like to reassure our residents that a thorough investigation is underway and we believe this to be an isolated incident at this time.’

Anyone with information about the incident should call 101, quoting the reference number 44220000434.

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