New CCTV in Fareham rape enquiries

POLICE have released moving CCTV footage and still imagery as part of Operation Formation, the investigation into a rape of a woman in Fareham nearly two weeks ago.

As previously reported at sometime between 1.20am and 2.05am on March 19 (Saturday), a 22 year-old woman was raped on the footbridge that crosses over Western Way, close to Fareham train station.

The victim reported that after she had left the Slug and Lettuce at around 1am she walked along West Street when a man unknown to her approached her. He then threatened her and attacked her on the footbridge.

This man was described to police as being aged between 20s and 40s, having a full beard that was blond / grey in colour alongside medium length hair, slim build, white and approximately 5 feet eleven inches tall.

Investigators have now released some further moving CCTV footage available on their website and via YouTube, which has been captured on cameras from the Aldi supermarket located on West Street. The footage shows a man police want to urgently identify and speak to about the rape.

Detective Chief Inspector Roger Wood, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation team, said: “We need to identify this man urgently as part of our enquiries, and I am confident that if you know the person in this footage you will recognise him when you watch it.

“My plea to the public is to please take a moment to look at this footage, and please call us immediately with any information you have. I also urge the person in this footage to make contact with us so we can speak with you about this investigation.”

“We are still also keen to hear from anyone who was in the town centre on Saturday 19 March between midnight and 3am, in particular in the train station end of town to please get in touch. Did you see someone acting suspiciously? Were you driving through the area and did you capture anything on Dash Cam?”

“I want to reassure the public that our officers continue to work hard to follow up every line of enquiry to investigate this incident. Officers also continue to conduct patrols around the area and the town centre, engaging with local people.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting reference 44220109191 (Operation Formation) or via their website. Alternatively, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.