Girl, 15, raped in park in sickening attack – police launch investigation

A 15-year-old girl was targeted and raped in a park, with police now hunting the vile attacker.

The assault took place between 1am and 5am on December 12 in Southampton Common, Hampshire.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers, and an investigation is under way.

Hampshire Police said in a statement: “Officers investigating the incident have been carrying out enquiries in the local area and are keen to speak to anyone who was on the Common between 10pm, Friday December 11, and 5am, Saturday, December 12.

“Officers are also conducting CCTV enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who lives on Marshall Square, Barkshire Court, Hulse Road, Northlands Road and Cemetery Lane.

“Do you have private CCTV covering any of these locations?

“Perhaps you were driving through the area at the time. Did you see anything suspicious, do you have any dashcam footage?

“If you can help, please call 101 quoting 44200489775.”

Earlier this week, a 76-year-old man who first raped a girl at the age of 13 was jailed for 20 years after his victims came forward.

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Ian Crawford raped his first victim for years in a “disturbing and outrageous” display of abuse that only ended when he left Greater Manchester to join the RAF.

He then began sexually assaulting his second victim – then aged 10 – when he moved back to the area in the 1960s, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard the girl was raped repeatedly over several years before Crawford left the area a second time.

Crawford, who denies all offences, was found guilty of nine separate counts of rape of a child, and sentenced to six years behind bars for one victim, and 14 for the second.

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