Officers launch Gosport sex assault appeal

POLICE have launched an urgent appeal for information and witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted earlier this week as she walked to her destination in Gosport.

It was reported that at around 4pm on Tuesday 29 March, the girl was walking on Brookers Lane, towards the Carisbrooke Road junction, when she noticed a man come out of Heron Close.

The man followed the girl, and as she cut across the grass area on Brookers Lane, near the Carisbrooke Road junction, the man grabbed her bottom over her clothing. The man is then said to have walked off and taken a left turn towards the dire Tukes Avenue in Bridgemary.

He has been described as white, skinny, gaunt with very defined cheek bones and having messy brown hair that featured grey roots. Other details include stubble on his face and an approximate age of forty to 50.

Officers have since been conducting a number of enquiries in the area, and speaking to local residents, and are now appealing for anyone who saw this man in the area or can help identify him to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police urgently by calling 101, quoting reference number 44220124947. They can also submit information to help enquiries online on the Hampshire Police website here: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

Alternatively, anybody with information can contact the free and independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.