Man arrested after Portsmouth Sex Attack

A 51-year-old Portsmouth man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape after a 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Ravelin Park on Saturday evening.

As previously reported the woman had been walking along Museum Road at approximately 7.20pm when a man asked her where she was going. The woman felt uncomfortable, so she changed direction and entered the park – situated inbetween the City Museum and University Student Union – to get away from the man.

While in the park, the woman was pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted by the man. The victim shouted and the man ran off towards Burnaby Road.

The victim ran out of the park onto Landport Terrace where she called police.

Detective Inspector Penny Murray from the Amberstone Team said, “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Museum Road and Cambridge Road around the time of the incident and may have seen anything suspicious.

“We would also like to hear from anyone in the area who has a private CCTV system, or anyone who was driving in this area with a dash cam.”

A 51-year-old male remains in custody at Portsmouth Central Police Station.

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference 441 8000 7449, or contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.