Detectives appealing for information after sex attack

Detectives appealing for information after sex attack

Detectives appealing for information after sex attack

First published in News

A WOMAN was subjected to a serious sexual assault as she walked through an alleyway in Andover.

At sometime between 2.30pm and 7.45pm on Monday, 26 November the woman, aged in her 40s, was walking through a covered alleyway which runs through Winton Court in the Heath Vale area of Andover.

She walked past a man who forced her into the garden of a derelict building where she was assaulted.

The woman lost consciousness and suffered bruising and cuts to her face during the incident. She is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

The area of Heath Vale has been cordoned off to allow specialist officers to conduct their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray said: “This was a serious, unprovoked attack on a lone woman. “The victim is conscious in hospital and is being treated for her injuries. She has also been left extremely distressed by what has happened to her.

“I am appealing for anyone with any information that could help our inquiry to get in touch as soon as possible. “We need to hear from anyone who was in the Heath Vale area between 2.30pm and 7.45pm on Monday who may have seen anything unusual. “Did you see anyone hanging around the area? Did you see or hear anything that could be related to this attack?

“As always I would urge members of the community to be vigilant when out walking alone and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.”

Chief Inspector Simon Dodds added: “We are working closely with the investigation team and our local Safer Neighbourhoods officers are out and about in the area should anyone have any concerns.”

Anyone with any information should contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team at Andover police station quoting Operation Weavers on 101 or call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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3:02pm Tue 27 Nov 12

bunjie46 says...

I live near the site of this attack, and the derelict flats have been a haven for squatters, drug addicts etc. for years. Enham are supposed to be demolishing and rebuilding them but nothing is being done and it is not a nice place to walk through, especially at night. I have walked through there many times but never again! I am so sorry for this woman and hope she will be OK and that the Police catch the assailant before he attacks anyone else.
I live near the site of this attack, and the derelict flats have been a haven for squatters, drug addicts etc. for years. Enham are supposed to be demolishing and rebuilding them but nothing is being done and it is not a nice place to walk through, especially at night. I have walked through there many times but never again! I am so sorry for this woman and hope she will be OK and that the Police catch the assailant before he attacks anyone else. bunjie46
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3:35pm Tue 27 Nov 12

i-speak-the-truth says...

I feel very sorry for this lady.

You only have to browse the News on this very site to see that Andover is a hot bed of crime at the moment. Not a day goes by without some crime being reported by the Andover Advertiser - some worse than others admittedly. But how many more crimes go unreported?

In October alone of this year, no less than 272 crimes were committed, that is bordering on 9 per day.

http://www.police.uk
/crime/?q=Andover,%2
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0UK#crimetypes/2012-
10

The lack of police presence and the continued cut-backs within the police force, it's only going to get worse. It's got to the point where nobody can feel safe in Andover anymore.

I would seriously suggest everyone should contact their local Councillors and MP (Sir George Young) and DEMAND more policing. We are paying for protection by the police, but we simply aren't receiving it.
I feel very sorry for this lady. You only have to browse the News on this very site to see that Andover is a hot bed of crime at the moment. Not a day goes by without some crime being reported by the Andover Advertiser - some worse than others admittedly. But how many more crimes go unreported? In October alone of this year, no less than 272 crimes were committed, that is bordering on 9 per day. http://www.police.uk /crime/?q=Andover,%2 0Hampshire%20SP10,%2 0UK#crimetypes/2012- 10 The lack of police presence and the continued cut-backs within the police force, it's only going to get worse. It's got to the point where nobody can feel safe in Andover anymore. I would seriously suggest everyone should contact their local Councillors and MP (Sir George Young) and DEMAND more policing. We are paying for protection by the police, but we simply aren't receiving it. i-speak-the-truth
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9:10pm Tue 27 Nov 12

dannyboy01 says...

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This guy has been causing widespread fear since Friday in the Bournemouth/Poole area
http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 073982.EXCLUSIVE__De an_Goodwin_also_want ed_for_attemped_murd er/ This guy has been causing widespread fear since Friday in the Bournemouth/Poole area dannyboy01
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9:34pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ihewlec says...

This is a horrific incident and my heart goes out to the lady affected and I hope that the police manage to arrest the person that is responsible of committing such a heinous crime! I both live and work in close proximity to the site of this attack. I too am very concerned about the lack of development of this site and the lack of enforcement the council have shown in order to encourage the owners of the flats (Winton Court) to maintain a decent level of maintainance, let alone actually utilise the empty accommodation that has been sat there year after year! This has been a tragedy waiting to happen. No lighting, over grown landscaping, in a secluded area within an elderly vulnerable residential area. It is an utter disgrace that this environment has been allowed to develop and then become the acceptable norm. That has then provided such a disgusting animal the opportunity to committ such a crime in a perfect environment. It is too late for the poor victim of this crime, but it is not too late too remove this tempting environment for those with a very wrongful mind. Therefore, let us as a community put pressure on the property owners of Winton Court, the council, local councillors, Sir George Young to refurbish the properties and landscape that are providing an unsafe environment for those unsafe minds to commit such appauling acts of violence! Andover Advertiser I ask you to start a campaign, let us learn from this and bring about positive change in our community at the very least!
This is a horrific incident and my heart goes out to the lady affected and I hope that the police manage to arrest the person that is responsible of committing such a heinous crime! I both live and work in close proximity to the site of this attack. I too am very concerned about the lack of development of this site and the lack of enforcement the council have shown in order to encourage the owners of the flats (Winton Court) to maintain a decent level of maintainance, let alone actually utilise the empty accommodation that has been sat there year after year! This has been a tragedy waiting to happen. No lighting, over grown landscaping, in a secluded area within an elderly vulnerable residential area. It is an utter disgrace that this environment has been allowed to develop and then become the acceptable norm. That has then provided such a disgusting animal the opportunity to committ such a crime in a perfect environment. It is too late for the poor victim of this crime, but it is not too late too remove this tempting environment for those with a very wrongful mind. Therefore, let us as a community put pressure on the property owners of Winton Court, the council, local councillors, Sir George Young to refurbish the properties and landscape that are providing an unsafe environment for those unsafe minds to commit such appauling acts of violence! Andover Advertiser I ask you to start a campaign, let us learn from this and bring about positive change in our community at the very least! ihewlec
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10:47pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Dave183 says...

I am extremely sorry for this poor woman's ordeal. I hope the culprits get very severe sentences for this disgusting attack. It is about time that the county Council demolished these flats they are derelict and an eye sore not to mention a haven for squaters and drug users. Flatten them now!!!
I am extremely sorry for this poor woman's ordeal. I hope the culprits get very severe sentences for this disgusting attack. It is about time that the county Council demolished these flats they are derelict and an eye sore not to mention a haven for squaters and drug users. Flatten them now!!! Dave183
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