The PSNI has issued an appeal for information after a 62-year-old woman was raped in her home in north Belfast.
The woman answered the door of her home on the Cliftonville Road to a man who forced his way into the house at around 3am on Saturday.
Police said he assaulted her “for some time” before running off in the direction of Cliftonville Circus.
Politicians have condemned the attack and added their voices to the call for anyone with information to bring it to the police.
The woman, who lives alone, was severely traumatised by her ordeal but was able to phone the police.
Her attacker was in his late twenties to early thirties, of slim build with short dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a short grey jacket, a red and white striped T -shirt and a striped scarf.
SDLP assembly member Alban Maginness condemned the attack.
“This was a cowardly and despicable act which defies belief or justification,” Mr Maginness said.
“Words cannot describe the type of sick individual who would break into a woman’s home and carry out such a vile attack.
“This is a particularly appalling crime which I totally condemn.
“My heart goes out to this lady. She has been through a horrifying ordeal. I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact the police immediately.”
North Belfast DUP assembly member Nelson McCausland said: “This was an appalling attack on a defenseless woman.
“Rape is probably the most traumatic of all forms of assault.
“It is imperative that the culprit is apprehended as quickly as possible — especially as a rapist is likely to offend again if he can.
“I would urge anyone with any information to bring it to the police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the police rape crime unit on 028 9070 0305.