Appeal After Woman Attacked In Portsmouth

Police investigating claims of a serious attack on a woman in Portsmouth have identified three key witnesses they would like to speak to..

The victim, a 44-year-old woman, told police she was assaulted by two men in Paulsgrove sometime between 7pm and 9.30pm on Monday, August 23.

She had left a friend’s house at around 6pm to go for a walk. She reports she was assaulted in an area of scrubland behind Almondsbury Road by two unknown men who pulled her to the ground causing her to fall unconscious.

Both men are described as skinheads, wearing jeans, one in a black top and the other in a blue top.

Detective Constable Joanna Morris from Portsmouth CID said: 

“The area of land behind Almondsbury Road leading up to the cliff and over to the chalk pits is very popular with dog walkers.

“From our enquiries, we’ve been able to trace one dog walker who helped the woman after she came to.

“However, we now believer there was a man in his 40s in the same area close to the chalk pits at the same time walking two bull dogs.

“There were also two young girls who helped another woman search for her dogs.

“I’m keen to trace these people or anyone else who may have seen or heard anything suspicious or seen the victim or our suspects walking around Paulsgrove during that Monday evening.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Morris at Portsmouth CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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