Police warn students after sex assault in Derby

Police are advising university students to be vigilant after a 19-year-old woman was attacked in Derby.

A teenager was raped in the Ashbourne Road area near the University of Derby when she became separated from friends after a night out on 1 October.

A man approached and asked if she had cigarettes before pulling her into a side street and attacking her.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said the man they were hunting was in his 30s with short dark brown hair.

Shouted for help

The University of Derby has warned students who live in the area to be extra vigilant in the wake of the attack.

The university and students' union said they had already handed out dozens of personal attack alarms to students and distributed hundreds of leaflets about student safety.

The attacker fled after the teenager screamed and shouted for help. She returned home and alerted police at about 0300 BST on Friday.

"As a precaution I would advise all women, including university students, to take extra care of themselves when moving around the city at night, Det Insp Tim Cadman said.

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