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Police seal off house in Poole
9:44am Monday 20th August 2012 in Poole
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- POLICE have sealed off a house, next to Poole Hospital's multi-storey car park on Longfleet Road, this morning.
Dorset Police have just issued the following statement:
Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a man subjected a woman to a late night serious sexual assault.
The incident happened along Longfleet Road, near to the BP garage, at approximately 2am on Monday 20 August 2012. The area has been cordoned off while enquiries continue and an examination is being carried out by specialist crime scene investigators.
The victim, a Poole woman in her twenties, describes the offender as a white man, approximately six feet tall, with short fair hair. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top or coat.
Detective Inspector Steve Thorpe, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “This is a nasty unprovoked attack on a woman walking on her own along Longfleet Road.
“I am very keen to find the offender as soon as possible and I urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us in confidence.
“I would like to stress that attacks of this nature are not common in the Poole area.
“I would also like to remind residents and visitors – as we do throughout the year – to be conscious of their own personal safety.
“It is essential that everyone takes a common sense approach and trusts their instincts – if you don’t feel comfortable in a particular area, then take another route.
“All year round and all over the country, there are many things that people can do to ensure that they are safe, such as walking with friends, carrying a mobile phone and letting people know where you are.
“There are also numerous ways to find additional advice, such as speaking with Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and accessing websites such as the Dorset Police homepage and the Suzy Lamplugh site.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 20:34. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
We have another update from Juliette at the scene at Longfleet Road.
She says the screens came down from the property at around 1pm and the forensic tent has now been taken down.
A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Around 2am this morning (August 20) the police were called to a serious incident in the area of Poole's Longfleet Road.
“Enquires are at a very early stage and we would encourage anyone who saw or witnessed anything suspicious in the area at this time to contact police.”
Call 101 or alternatively dial Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Some pictures from our photographer at the scene.
More from Juliette at the scene in Longfleet Road.
She says one neighbour told her they heard screaming in the early hours of Monday morning. Others said they had heard nothing until police arrived at around 2.30am, while some woke up to the drama later.
Several neighbours said they had been told the incident was a serious assault.
They had seen up to 14 police markers tracing a trail of blood.
They said officers had told them the incident was nothing to do with anyone who lived in the property.
There were around half a dozen police cars around the house and forensic officers in white suits and masks were continuing to comb the scene.
Juliette has been speaking to people who live in neighbouring flats. They were woken by police this morning asking about a "serious assault".
She says there is a forensic tent in the front garden of the building, which is divided into flats.
9:51am Mon 20 Aug 12
the Police were going door to door this morning, a 'serious' incident happened at around 2 am this morning, i live opposite and down a couple and was asked if i heard anything etc.
Lots of police along with around 5 cards all cornered off, with markings all along the front drive!!
POLICE have sealed off a house in the centre of Poole. Scenes of crimes officers were at the home, next to Poole Hospital's multi-storey car park on Longfleet Road, this morning. The
police cordon takes in the pavement on the busy main route.
Officers were also taking photos of the scene.
Our reporter Juliette Astrup is at the scene, so we'll bring you more as we get it.