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Southampton police patrols after second woman attacked

Police have carried out high-visibility patrols and questioned members of the public one week on from two attacks against lone women in Southampton.

A 20-year-old was sexually assaulted in the subway in Brintons Road, near the Jurys Inn roundabout, at 0420 BST on Sunday 20 March.

Three days later, a man attempted to sexually assault an 18-year-old in a park opposite Solent University.

Police visited the area on Tuesday night to seek witnesses.

Both women gave similar descriptions of their attacker.

Officers described him as 20 to 30 years old, about 5ft 8in, of a "tubby" build and of Asian appearance.

They repeated their advice for women not to walk home alone.

Drinking awareness

Det Insp Charlie Rimmer, leading the investigation, appealed for information and said: "We remain focused on finding whoever is responsible for these attacks.

"We hope tonight's anniversary visit may help us find other people who witnessed the incidents or saw the man involved."

"We will also be offering advice and reassurance during tonight's visit and would like to repeat our advice to all women in the city not to walk home alone at night if it can be at all avoided," he said.

"Wherever possible they should take a taxi or walk in well lit busy areas or with a group.

"We would also advise them be aware of their alcohol consumption, as drinking too much significantly increases their vulnerability."

Police have stepped up night-time patrols in the area.

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