Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Woman Raped near Callington

Tattoo drawn by rape victim
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

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

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
a3075 crash final

UPDATE: Woman dies after crash near Newquay

Three others were hurt after two cars hit

court

Woman jailed after defrauding pensioner

Over £7,000 was stolen from the 91-year-old in Cornwall

Most read
firefighters and parking 1

PHOTOS: Fire crews struggle to get down Cornish street

It's sparked a parking appeal... and not for the first time!

police tape 3

Casualties cut free after Cornwall crash

One was treated at the scene near Bodmin

Top articles

South-west hospitals treat more kids for dog bites

Cornwall News: Read 10 tips to keep children safe around pets...

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Grenfell Tower response: 60 high-rise blocks fail fire safety tests

National News: Sixty high-rise buildings in 25 local authorities have failed fire cladding safety tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell blaze, the Government said.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Jeremy Corbyn gets rapturous reception at Glastonbury

Showbiz News: It was a scene that could have come from a Beatles gig in the 1960s.

Spain forest fire: More than 1,500 evacuated

World News: Around 1,500 people have been evacuated from homes, campsites and hotels after a forest fire erupted in southern Spain.

Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Sports News: Southampton have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Top South African ultra-marathon runner Bruce Fordyce robbed of trainers at gunpoint

Strange News: A top South African athlete has been mugged at gunpoint while out on his morning run.

Newer article

Cowboy Builder Warning in Wake of Floods

Cornwall News: Fears quick work could be offered in return for quick cash with disastrous consequences

Older article

Falmouth To Get Cornwall's First University

Cornwall News: University College to be given full status

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.