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Woman raped in Gloucester city centre

By laura_enfield  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

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Police are hunting a rapist who attacked a woman in Gloucester city centre on Saturday.
The attack happened between 3am and 4am after the victim had walked from Liquid nightclub in Eastgate Street to the junction with Trier Way.
A man approached her and sat down next to her in a porch area on Trier Way before seriously sexually assaulting her. He then walked away in the direction of Gloucester Park.
The offender is described as black, aged between 20 and 30 and of medium build. He was wearing a white shirt.
Detective Inspector Ruth Mather said: "The victim is being given as much support as possible at the moment and we are carrying out a number of forensic, CCTV and house to house inquiries to identify this man.
"We don't want to alarm people but we would urge everyone to consider their personal safety when on a night out.  
"Our advice, as ever, is to always choose well-lit routes and avoid alleyways or shortcuts. 
"Just try to be aware of your surroundings and of anyone who may be acting suspiciously.  Do not engage in conversations with strangers and if you are concerned for your safety then contact the police."
Anyone who witnessed the man in the area or has any information that could assist police are urged to call 101, quoting incident 230 of November 10.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  November 14 2012, 11:04PM

    Well Bonkim, women may have been less inclined to report sexual assault and rape to the police back then, as they were usually put through the mill and made to feel they were at fault or liars. That has thankfully changed, and they are treated more seriously and sensitively. But I still felt safer, I am not saying that I didn't have bad experiences, because I did, and no I didn't report them. But I would feel very unsafe now. I havn't been up town to Gloucester for some time on a night out. If I ever do its with Mr Bonza, and we nearly always witness a punch up, or some row, either between men, women or a mix of both. All in all its a more agressive atmosphere, more convivial years ago, though not without incident. I am glad I was young when I was, and now happy to be at home on the sofa with Mr Bonza, glass of red in hand and watching c**p TV ... bliss !!

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 14 2012, 10:30PM

    bonzaharris1 - yes - but communications are better and more victims go to the Police, etc. I am not sure if these types of crimes were any less prevalent in the old days, women just kept quiet, or were made to feel guilty for not staying at home or exposing themselves - Tipseyboy has made some important points bearing on human nature - which despite the superficial veneer of modern times remains as it was in pre-history. Statutory rape was a capital offence in some US States - and in some other countries. all too often our courts drag such cases and often go free or trivial sentence. My thoughts are with the victim and all she will have to go though when this chap gets caught.

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  • Tipseyboy  |  November 14 2012, 7:22PM

    I work as a club bouncer and many times I have seen girls so drunk that most of them leave with men they would never wanna talk to. I always advise them to go out in at least a group of three and always go back home together. It's not safe even as a guy to walk the streets alone not to talk of a girl maybe drunk and dressed in skimpy wears alone at night. I hope that rapist gets caught and his penis cut off. Disgrace to my race

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  • bonzaharris1  |  November 14 2012, 5:22PM

    Bonkim, I was not arguing, I did say I agreed with you, but that I had little problem in those days, just being nostalgic. As for Fred West, that was back mainly in the late seventies. I remember that, because in 1979 he tried to drag me into his car, while I was stood at the bus stop, outside the pub where I worked. I was waiting for a taxi that never showed. Didn't know at the time it was him, until his photo started appearing in every paper. But he was an exception, there is always a risk of someone evil around. I was just saying, that it was a far safer feel then. I would not advocate anyone walking alone in town these days. Actually I do worry about my 86 year old Mother, walking around town, on a morning in broad daylight. Scum is everywhere looking for suitable prey !!

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 14 2012, 5:11PM

    bonzaharris1 - you can argue all you like about the theory of law and personal rights - but people need to be cautious about where they venture out at particular times of day or night. Friday/Saturday after closing time particularly violent - may be yours is an ultra-safe place. Normal caution needed in any environment. Although the old times seem heaven - there were rough parts in Britain where it was unsafe to venture out on your own any time. The old times you mention, was that when Fred West was looking for prey? People hunting know how to set about the vulnerable and pick their time/location.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  November 14 2012, 4:34PM

    Bonkim, women should be able to walk around in safety at anytime of day or night. But yes I know what you mean, these days its just not safe, which is a shame. Going back 20 years or so when I was out pubbing or clubbing, as often as able. I would often walk across town the to the bus stop, or taxi rank alone, if it was a case of I had to leave earlier than my friends, and I never felt any fear. In those days if you came across others walking across town, you could enter into a bit of banter, it was a far more friendlier atmosphere. I am not saying women were not attacked then, but it was a very rare occurence, unlike now.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 13 2012, 11:34PM

    criminal scum - yes and hope he gets caught - but should young women walk around at that time on their own? Is it not irresponsible to be out clubbing at 3 to 4 A.M on foot - anywhere on earth?

  • bonzaharris1  |  November 13 2012, 7:32PM

    Lets hope this misogynistic low life piece of scum is soon caught and behind bars. Before he attacks another woman and blights her life.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  November 13 2012, 7:04PM

    Lets hope this misogynistic piece of lowlife scum is caught and behind bars, before he attacks another woman, and blights their life.

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