Avon and Somerset Police has launched an appeal for witnesses after a woman was allegedly raped in Bristol. The incident took place between 3.30am and 4.30am on Sunday, October 30 – the night the clocks went back – on Denmark Street.
A woman, aged in her 20s, had been at a nearby bar with friends and was on her way home alone when she was approached by a stranger. Police want to trace the man pictured in this article as part of their investigation.
The male was seen in the area at the time and is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s and about 5ft 7ins tall. Police enquiries show that a number of people passed by as the attack happened, both on foot and in vehicles, and officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in Denmark Street at about that time.
Detective Sergeant Toby Hayes of Operation Bluestone, Avon and Somerset Police’s dedicated team of specialist rape and serious sexual offence investigators, said: “We’ve referred the woman to specialist support and are carrying out a thorough investigation while being sensitive to the trauma of her experience.
“This appeal is just one of our lines of enquiry but I would urge anyone who was on Denmark Street between 3.30 and 4.30am to come forward. You might not realise it but you could have the key piece of information we need.”
Detectives are especially keen to hear from drivers with dashcam footage or people with mobile phone footage of the area at the time. If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222260982, or complete an online appeals form.
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.
Support is available:
Victims of rape or sexual assault, recent or non-recent, can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website or call 0117 342 6999.
You can also visit www.thisisnotanexcuse.org for details of charities and organisations who are experts in supporting victims.
If you feel unsafe in a public place you can report it via the StreetSafe tool. The tool helps to inform our approach to protecting women and girls and allows police and partners to target particular areas of concern.