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14 June 2010, 10:33
Police are launching an appeal for information after a woman was assaulted on the Isle of Wight.
Between 12.30am and 1.30am this morning, police received a report that a woman was sexually assaulted by a man in Newport. The incident is said to have taken place outside of the festival ground, but nearby in Newport. The woman did not know the man.
Detective Sergeant Gary Lyons said, “We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen or heard anything in relation to this incident. We believe that both the woman and the man involved were here for the Isle of Wight festival.
"This type of incident is rare on the Island, and we are taking this report very seriously. We have a number of officers carrying out enquiries in the area and talking to people both in the local area and at the festival.
“It is thought that the man had been with a small number of others, who may know what happened. I would appeal directly to that group – did you see or hear anything directly? Or perhaps you’ve overheard someone talking about the incident? Even the smallest piece of information could prove vital to us and I would urge you to contact the police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact police on the Isle of Wight on 101 or call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111. Callers from outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight should call 0845 045 45 45.