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Police investigate report of south Belfast sexual assault

Published 12/09/2016

Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Police are investigating reports of a sexual assault in the south Belfast area.

The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police cordoned off an area in University Street and forensic officers spent much of the day at the scene.

Inspector Lynne Knox added: “Police are investigating the report of a sexual assault in the University Street area of Belfast.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

SDLP South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell said: "This report of such a heinous crime will shock and disgust the entire community of south Belfast.

"This area has long enjoyed a reputation for being vibrant and welcoming. Those who would perpetrate such a despicable act are no reflection of the kind people who come from far and wide to make their home here.

"An attack of this nature must have been deeply distressing for the victim. I appeal to anyone who may have any relevant information to pass it onto the police immediately so the person responsible can be taken off our streets."

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