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policewideDetectives investigating a sexual assault on an 18-year-old girl in Newport have arrested a man in his 20s in connection with the attack in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The teenager had spent the evening at Lloyd’s Bar on Coppins Bridge with friends before leaving alone. As she was walking along Fairlee Road she was approached by a man who then grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

The unnamed victim managed to get away and called Police as soon as she got home.

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Officers from Hampshire Constabulary conducted a search of the area and arrested a 25-year-old man from Newport a short time later.

Now, Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information following the incident, which happened at about 01:20 on Sunday (26th May).

They would like to hear from anyone who saw a man following the teenager, the attack itself or a man acting suspiciously in the area around that time.

The attacker is described as about 5ft 11ins tall. He was wearing a grey hoody and possibly dark hat or balaclava and gloves.

Anyone with information can contact DC Andy Cooper of Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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