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Police appeal over sex attack on teenage girl

By Brett Campbell

Detectives are trying to identify a man who may be able assist their investigation into a serious sexual assault on a girl in Belfast city centre.

The 18-year-old was attacked at around 2am on April 8 in the Gloucester Street area.

Detective Inspector Zoe McKee said: "We are keen to identify and speak to a male we believe may be able to assist us with our enquires.

"The man is described as around 19 years old, 5ft 7ins tall, thin, clean shaven and with short dark hair."

SDLP councillor Declan Boyle condemned the attack and called for a more visible police presence in the city centre.

"This is very alarming and raises serious concerns," he said.

"I reiterate what I have said before about the need for more police officers on the streets, especially at weekends.

"There needs to be a greater police presence in the city centre, particularly at weekends when there are lots about of people out."

The SDLP councillor added that police must help ensure that people socialising in the city centre do not have to "look over their shoulders".

Sinn Fein councillor Deirdre Hargey said her thoughts were with the victim and appealed for witnesses to contact the PSNI.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault can make themselves known to police on the 101 number.

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