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Police appealing for witnesses after sex assault in Belfast

By Chris McCullough

Police have appealed for witnesses following a sexual assault on a woman in Belfast.

The attack happened just after midnight on Wednesday, July 12, in the St George's Gardens area of Belfast.

Detectives from PSNI Public Protection Branch are investigating the report of a serious sexual assault on the 32-year-old woman and have appealed for two men to come forward to help with enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Gary Cham bers said: "We are keen to identify and speak to two males we believe may be able to assist us with our enquiries. It is believed these two male witnesses were walking along St George's Gardens in the direction of Sandy Row before the incident occurred and had spoken to the male suspect and female victim involved in this assault.

"We are also appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area during the early hours of Wednesday, July 12 and who may have witnessed a distressed female or anything else unusual.

"Detectives can be contacted at Ladas Drive by calling 101, quoting reference 152 of the 12/07/17.

"Or, alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Local independent unionist councillor Ruth Patterson urged anyone with information to take it to the police in order to get those responsible apprehended.

Councillor Patterson said: "This is a terrible attack and must be condemned. I urge anyone who has any information about this to take it straight to the police, so they can apprehend whoever is responsible.

"A sexual assault is a serious offence and I hope the police catch those who carried it out very soon," she said.

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