Women Warned Not To Walk Alone At Night

Police have issued a warning to women not to walk alone at night following an incident where two men approached a lone woman as she walked home after a night out in Southampton.

The woman, who is in her 30’s, was walking along Thomas Lewis Way towards Swaythling when a white van stopped alongside her.  The two male occupants, who are described as Asian, demanded that she get in.  She refused and continued walking and the van drove off in the direction of Southampton.

The incident occurred sometime between 2.30am and 3am this morning, Thursday, February 24, between the petrol station and the junction with Stoneham Way and Burgess Road.

Although she was unharmed, the woman was shocked and shaken by the incident.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was driving along Thomas Lewis Way at that time who might have seen a white Ford Transit type van driving in the direction towards Southampton to contact them.

They are also warning women not to walk home alone in the early hours and where possible, take a taxi, arrange a lift or make sure they are accompanied. 

If anyone has information about the van or its occupants, they are asked to contact Bitterne CID.