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Woman Raped near Callington

Tattoo drawn by rape victim
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5:29am 29th November 2012
(Updated 5:29am 29th November 2012)

Police are hunting a rapist near Callington, as they step up patrols around the town.

It is after a young woman was attacked as she walked home from the pub.

Police think a tattoo could hold a vital clue.

The victim was walking back from Kelly Bray towards Callington on Launceston Road just after midnight the Saturday before last when she was confronted by her attacker at the Isacombe Oaks junction.

In his twenties or thirties he smelt of antiseptic or bleach and had a Celtic knot tattoo on his right hip.

He is of wiry or athletic build and taller than 5’7. He wore a slightly faded, red hooded top with a pocket at the front. The hood was up and the drawstrings were pulled tight around his face. He wore dark jeans and white trainers with a red trim - similar to a Nike tick.

Detectives say they would like to hear from anyone who knows someone who matches such a description or has such a tattoo on their right hip.
 
A spokesperson said: "Such an incident in this area is very rare indeed. We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or may have been making their way home after an evening out. The red hooded top is distinctive and may jog someone’s memory. The tattoo and its location will be unique to only a few individuals.’
 
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference BN/12/751.
 
It is not clear why police waited a week and a half to warn people in the area about the rape.
 
Rachel Griffin from personal safety charity The Suzy Lamplugh Trust said: "This is a very upsetting attack and we would advise people in the area to be extra vigilant until the perpetrator is caught. However it is important to remember attacks like this are rare. It would be a pity if this attack had a long term impact on local people's ability to go about their lives without fear."
 
"Always think about staying alert, keep your hands free, don't weigh yourself down with lots of heavy bags because you need to be able to move easily. Also, one that's a very current issue, avoid wearing earphones or chatting on your mobile phone because this will distract you from your surroundings."
 
Police spokesman Alan Mobbs said: "When an incident like this happens the force will always put extra uniformed officers into the area. High visibility patrols do provide reassurance for the public. But it's also an opportunity for anyone with any information to approach those officers and tell them what they know.
 
"This was an absolutely terrifying attack for the young girl but, fortunately, it is extremely rare. All we would ask is that people going out and about late at night take a few common sense steps like travelling with someone else or taking a taxi if you need to travel a long distance home."
 
Protect Yourself from Attack
 
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.
5:29am 29th November 2012

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