Subway sex attack victim: get him off the streets

Bournemouth Echo: Subway sex attack victim: get him off the streets Subway sex attack victim: get him off the streets

THE victim of a frightening late-night sex attack has bravely spoken about her ordeal as police release an e-fit picture of the man responsible.

As reported in the Daily Echo, the woman, a 20-year-old Bournemouth University student, was walking to get a bus after leaving her friends at the Old Fire Station in Holdenhurst Road when she was attacked in a subway close to Asda in the town.

She told the Daily Echo: “You don’t expect it to happen.

“I’ve been very shocked. I’ve been feeling down, but I’m just trying to stay strong and help the police with what I can.

“The police have been very helpful, doing all they can, which is helping me deal with it.”

Detectives yesterday released an e-fit of the suspect following the attack at around 1.30am last Friday, February 1.

The victim was grabbed from behind as she walked.

She did not sustain any serious physical injuries, but was left badly shaken by her experience.

Her attacker is described as white, of large build, 27-35 years old and between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 11ins tall.

Police said he had dark hair and stubble, big eyes, a crooked nose, pock-marked skin and had a dirty appearance.

He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a top with a logo on the chest.

Since the attack, police have been reminding students of the dangers of walking home alone late at night. Representatives of the Students’ Union also visited Bournemouth’s CCTV control room yesterday after criticism of the images released at the weekend.

CCTV operators reassured them that the original pictures were higher quality than those released by police.

The victim added: “Before something like this happens you hear of it and you don’t expect it to be you.

“This proves it can be anybody.

“If people can avoid going home late at night on their own they should do – share a taxi or walk home in a group, don’t be alone, whether you’re a girl or a guy.

“The police are doing all they can but anybody who has any information should get in touch with them. We need to get this guy off of the streets, not just for me but for everybody else.

“What makes this worse is it could be another girl and it could be worse next time.”

DS Andy Bell, of Bournemouth CID said: “I would urge the man pictured – and anyone who recognises him – to contact me, in confidence, as soon as possible.”

Call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 01:20, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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12:08pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

"...after criticism of the images released at the weekend.
CCTV operators reassured them that the
original pictures were higher quality than
those released by police. "



Erm, and the original higher quality pictures were not release to the public because?
"...after criticism of the images released at the weekend. CCTV operators reassured them that the original pictures were higher quality than those released by police. " Erm, and the original higher quality pictures were not release to the public because? Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
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12:42pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Hessenford says...

Off the streets, off the planet would be better.
Off the streets, off the planet would be better. Hessenford
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6:17pm Thu 7 Feb 13

mysticalshoelace says...

Girls should be taught self defence at school from an early age and to fight back hard, boys should be taught that attacking a girl will result in extreme pain and punishment! I wouldn't normally advocate violence but it's the only way muppets like this will learn, sending them to prison is a waste of time especially with sentencing so light and it won't instil the fear that he has put on this poor girl. He needs a stronger taste of his own medicine!!
Girls should be taught self defence at school from an early age and to fight back hard, boys should be taught that attacking a girl will result in extreme pain and punishment! I wouldn't normally advocate violence but it's the only way muppets like this will learn, sending them to prison is a waste of time especially with sentencing so light and it won't instil the fear that he has put on this poor girl. He needs a stronger taste of his own medicine!! mysticalshoelace
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6:35pm Thu 7 Feb 13

rotcoddam says...

So are we to be told why exactly the police where trying to prevent the identification of this scum by not releasing the high quality pictures but insulting us all with the total waste of newsprint that was published
So are we to be told why exactly the police where trying to prevent the identification of this scum by not releasing the high quality pictures but insulting us all with the total waste of newsprint that was published rotcoddam
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10:57pm Thu 7 Feb 13

GAHmusic says...

I knew someone who installed dummy cameras once, he was clever though because he concealed them so they wern't seen, I think he works for the Bournemouth CCTV now.
I knew someone who installed dummy cameras once, he was clever though because he concealed them so they wern't seen, I think he works for the Bournemouth CCTV now. GAHmusic
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9:30am Fri 8 Feb 13

Johnnn says...

There is no reason for her to go to the train station or even use the Subways as there are an inbound and outbound bus stop on the way from The Old Fire Station. I always avoid 1 subway near me in the mornings at 4:30am when I walk to work, I walk on the grass verge of the road as you never know who is down there.
There is no reason for her to go to the train station or even use the Subways as there are an inbound and outbound bus stop on the way from The Old Fire Station. I always avoid 1 subway near me in the mornings at 4:30am when I walk to work, I walk on the grass verge of the road as you never know who is down there. Johnnn
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