Police concern at sexual assaults in NW

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Police say they are concerned at the number of sexual assaults taking place in social settings across the North West.

Between the end of September and the middle of November, police received 17 reports of sexual assault in the Foyle, Limavady, Magherafelt and Strabane areas.

Detective Chief Inspector James Mullen says the figures are concerning.

“We have received reports of incidents in licensed premises, at house parties, in private homes and in public places,” he says.

“The incidents have included sexual assault, indecent assault and rape.

“Any sexual assaults have the potential for long lasting consequences for the victims and their families.

“Whether it is in a social or domestic setting there is a simple principle before engaging in any sexual contact: if both parties do not consent, then it is wrong and it is illegal.”