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Serious Sex Assault In Launceston

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5:58am 24th July 2013
(Updated 5:58am 24th July 2013)

A teenage girl has been subjected to a serious sexual assault in Launceston.

Police say it happened in an alleyway in Tower Street between 9.30 and 11 am on Monday morning.

The Devon and Cornwall force have stepped up patrols and a team of detectives is hunting for the attacker.

A police spokesman said: "This type of attack is a very rare occurrence for Devon and Cornwall and we are determined to identify the person responsible as soon as is possible.
 
"We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and noticed anything suspicious at all."

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a stocky white man, in his thirties, wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans and sandals in the vicinity.
 
Anyone with any information is being asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting police ref. BL/13/743.

 

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.
5:58am 24th July 2013

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