Police investigate alleged rape

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Police are investigating an alleged rape in Derry city centre.

A PSNI spokesman says they received a report of a serious sexual assault in the Shipquay Street/Magazine Street area of the city in the early hours of Saturday.

“It is believed that between 12.30 and 1.15am, a young woman was assaulted by an unknown male, described as being approximately 20 years old, 5’ 6”tall, of slim build, with short fair hair spiked at the front who spoke with a local Derry accent.

“He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and a black t-shirt with a checked shirt over it,” the spokesman added.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey urged anyone with information to come forward.

“Attacks of this nature are sickening and depraved.

“Victims carry the physical and mental scars with them their whole lives.

“It is imperative that anyone with any information gives it to the PSNI as a matter of urgency so that the vile individual behind this can be brought to justice as swiftly as possible.

“I would also call on people who know they are going to be out late in town to stay in a group of friends who can look after each other.

“In the meantime, I offer my support and good wishes to the victim and her family at this difficult time.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detectives in the PSNI’s Rape Crime Unit in Ballymena on 028 25667214. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.