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22 August 2011, 13:12 | Updated: 22 August 2011, 13:15
Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a woman was sexually assaulted in the town centre.
The incident, in which a 20-year-old woman from the Wareham area was sexually assaulted by a man, happened at Horseshoe Common sometime between 1am and 2am on Thursday, 18 August 2011.
The offender is described as wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up, jeans and trainers.
Detective Constable Wendy Stout, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I understand that the victim was sitting on a bench opposite the Walkabout bar when the offender approached her and started a conversation.
“He then dragged her to a wooded area across the road before sexually assaulting her.
“I believe the offender stopped the assault when another man became aware of the incident and called out.
“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this attack, and anyone who recalls a distressed woman in the area between 1am and 2am that night, to contact me urgently.
“Anyone with information about the man responsible should call Dorset Police as soon as possible.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 quoting incident number 18:45. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.