Young women have been warned to be vigilant after a teenage girl was raped in a late-night sex attack in Londonderry.
The victim, aged in her late teens, was attacked in the Shantallow area of the city during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police said the attack took place at Moyola Drive some time between 2am and 3am.
Foyle SDLP Assembly member Mary Bradley said the rape followed reports of other sex incidents in the Shantallow area recently.
“This is a very disturbing and distressing incident, and our first concern is for the young victim and her family,” she said.
“There have been reports of people flashing in that area and it is very disturbing.
“It is not the type of behaviour that any area wants.
“This type of attack is extremely traumatic for the victim.
“It will be a very distressing time and I hope she will make a full recovery.”
Mrs Bradley said it was important for other women to take care late at night, particularly when the offender is still at large.
“It is important for women to be vigilant and to ensure they are not walking home at night, particularly as the nights get darker,” she added.
“This type of incident should never happen and I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen in this area again.
“However, we have to be mindful that these attacks do occur and that there are people who are capable of carrying out this type of attack.”
Detectives at the PSNI's Rape Crime Unit are investigating the attack and police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 while information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.