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Witness appeal following reported sexual assault in Weymouth

Alert message sent 14/06/2021 12:11:00

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Detectives investigating a reported sexual assault in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward – with a man being arrested.

The incident happened at around 12.50am on Sunday 13 June 2021 on the beach.

It is reported that the victim, a local woman in her 30s, was with a group of friends when a man, who is known to her, approached them and the two of them went for a walk along the beach. When they reached the lifeguard station it is alleged that the man started to kiss and touch her inappropriately forcing her to the ground, but she managed to push him off.

The incident was reported to police and a 43-year-old Weymouth man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and attempted rape. He is helping officers with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant George Graham, of Weymouth CID, said: “Understandably, the incident left the victim distressed and I need to establish exactly what happened.

“I believe there were a number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing for any witnesses who have not spoken with officers yet to please come forward. You may have vital information that could assist my investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210093810. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at http://Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111. 
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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

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