Police appeal over Cathays student sex attack

October 21, 2010 Comments Off on Police appeal over Cathays student sex attack
Police appeal over Cathays student sex attack

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Police have released CCTV footage of a man in connection with a sexual assault.

The man is seen clearly on the  footage following the  20-year-old from Park Place in Cathays, Cardiff, to Cathays Terrace, where she was assaulted.

Watch the footage leading up to the attack, where the man parks his car and begins to follow the student

In the footage, captured by numerous cameras throughout the area around 3.30am on  Sunday, September 26, the  man is seen parking his car  before catching up with the girl and putting his arm around her.

Detective Inspector Tudor Thomas, of Roath and Cathays CID, said: “This incident has  left the young woman extremely upset and she describes it as the worst thing that has ever happened to her.

“I would like to reassure the  community that we are fully investigating this serious incident and would appeal for anyone with information to  contact us no matter how insignificant it might seem.

“We are keen to identify the  individual on CCTV and we would ask him, or anyone who recognises him, to contact  South Wales Police.”

Latest Home Office crime figures show a 13% reduction in sexual offences, or 48 fewer crimes, in Cardiff during the 12  months to June 2010, when compared with the same period  the year before.

But Det Insp Thomas added: “I  would take this opportunity to advise people when returning  home from a night out to do so in pairs or groups and to stick to well-lit areas.”

Rose Savage, welfare, campaigns and communications officer for Cardiff Students’ Union, said: “Firstly, we regret to be informed of this incidence happening in the locality.

“As a students’ union we strive  to inform our students of best  practice on nights out, such as not walking home alone, getting into registered taxis, letting a friend know your  location. We also work closely  with the university in providing reduced price personal attack alarms for the student body.

“Further to this, a zero tolerance to sexual harassment campaign was initiated during  freshers’ week, informing the student body of what is and is  not appropriate behaviour to be directed towards someone.  This received good feedback and was encouraged by South Wales Police.

“The intentions of the students’ union are to develop this campaign across campus to do more for our students and with a view to reduce incidents such as this, as we believe more can always be done to protect students in these matters.

“We are committed to our student body in offering support and guidance to students who need it and also encourage the support and advice to be  sought.”

Anyone with information is  asked to contact Cathays CID  on 029 2052 7267 or  Crimestoppers anonymously  on 0800 555 111.

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