Women speak of fears for safety after brutal Leigh Park attack

Hannah Tigg, left, and Bobby Woodley in the alleyway in Leigh Park where a woman was attacked
Hannah Tigg, left, and Bobby Woodley in the alleyway in Leigh Park where a woman was attacked
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PEOPLE living near the scene of a vicious attack on a woman have spoken of their shock.

The 25-year-old victim was set upon by three men near an alleyway and pushed to floor before one of the attackers kicked her in the face.

The attack, described as ‘cowardly’ by police, happened as the woman walked along Crondall Avenue, near an alleyway that connects the road with Danesbury Close, in Leigh Park.

The group of men appeared from the alleyway and one pushed the woman to the floor and kicked her in the face before all three ran away.

The victim, who lives locally, was shaken by the incident.

PC Dan Neligan, who is investigating the crime, said: ‘This was a cowardly, unprovoked attack that the left the victim shaken and hurt with bruising to her face.’

Women in Leigh Park today said they did not feel safe and condemned the attackers.

Bobby Woodley, 31, said: ‘I think it’s disgusting.

‘It’s right on our doorstep. You aren’t safe anywhere.

‘They didn’t take anything off her – they just beat her up.’

Hannah Tigg, 29, added: ‘It’s sick, it’s horrible.

‘My sister lives through that alleyway and walks her dog through there.

‘I don’t feel safe, especially walking on your own now, getting jumped by three blokes.’

The attack happened at about 2.30am last Friday, although details have just been released by police.

Police appealed directly to local residents to come forward with any information.

PC Neligan said: ‘Perhaps you were woken by a loud noise or rowdy behaviour that gave you cause to look out of your window at around the time of the incident?

‘You may have been making your own way home and recall seeing a group of three men who you may know?

‘Any information you have, however minor you feel it may be, could assist in the development of this investigation.’

Contact PC 22075 Neligan by phoning Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

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Information can be given anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.