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Safety Advice After Launceston Sex Attacks

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3:47pm 18th April 2013
(Updated 3:47pm 18th April 2013)

Safety experts say people in Cornwall should consider getting personal attack alarms after two teenage girls became victims of a sex attack in Launceston.

It happened after the fifteen year olds had chatted to a man on Dockacre Road last week.

Jo Walker from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust says there are some simple things we can do to protect ourselves: "The best alarms are the loudest ones. If someone approaches you or even touches you and you're frightened, you can let these off in their ear. They're loud enough to shock and disorientate an attacker. It just gives you those few seconds to get away and run.

"Plan ahead and stay alert so you will spot danger in advance. Stick to well lit, busy streets. Don't go up any dark streets or take shortcuts through subways or carparks. It's just not worth the risk."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened around 3.15pm on Thursday 11th April.
The suspect who is described as being aged in his late 20s, 5ft 3ins tall, of Indian appearance and with short dark hair.

He was wearing black trainers, black cotton joggers and a dark coloured hooded top with the colours of the Jamaican flag on it.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by telephoning 101, quoting crime reference BL/13/346 or 347, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Four Ways to Protect Yourself from Attack


  • Know your limits - You are far more likely to become embroiled in violence, crime or a sexual assault if you have been drinking. Know what your limits are and stick to them, no matter how much others try to persuade you.
  • Scream - Attackers do not want attention. Make as much noise as possible to alert people around you. Think about buying an attack alarm if you are worried.
  • Run - Get away from the attacker. Always run towards other people and busy areas. Do not head for anywhere isolated or down an alley. The attacker will want you to be alone.
  • Distract - Do something that distracts the attacker to allow you to get away. That might include stamping on their foot or kicking their shins. If you are worried think about having self-defence lessons.
3:47pm 18th April 2013

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