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Woman raped in late night attack

Police are hunting for a man who raped a woman in a “brutal” assault in Bangor, Co Down, last Friday.

The investigation was launched after the victim was assaulted in the early hours of the morning. The attack happened close to a fountain opposite the junction of Gray's Hill and Southwell Road in the town.

Detectives say they are looking for a man with short, blond spiky hair and aged around 19 or 20. He was wearing dark blue jeans and a white and blue T-shirt. The man is believed to be between 5ft 4in and 5ft 7in and of medium build.

The incident has sparked condemnation from local politicians.

Peter Weir, DUP MLA for North Down, said he was “shocked and disgusted” by the incident.

“Local people are appalled at this dreadful and brutal crime,” he said.

“The criminal responsible for this horrendous act must be brought to justice without delay.”

Mr Weir urged anyone who has any information to contact the PSNI in Bangor.

DUP MLA Alex Easton said the attack highlighted the importance for women of being cautious when going home at night.

“I condemn this attack on this woman on Friday night and urge women in the north Down area to be cautious and to never walk alone at night,” he said.

Mr Easton added: “I urge women to take a taxi and travel with friends or phone someone for a lift from where you are. Never take a risk. Never walk alone.”

Detectives are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and noticed any suspicious activity or anyone with other information to contact them on 9070 0305.

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