Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Gosport man arrested after man raped on way home

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a 43-year-old man was attacked on a cycle path.

The victim was attacked while walking home near Mortimore Road and Station Road in Gosport, Hampshire, early on Sunday.

He was pursued by the attacker and another confrontation happened in Mortimore Road.

A 24-year-old Gosport man arrested in connection with the attack has been bailed by police.

'Isolated incident'

Det Con Nick Wieczorek, from Cosham police station, said: "This is an extremely rare occurrence for Gosport and those residents living close to the cycle path should not be unduly alarmed.

"Police believe this was an isolated incident.

"The footpath is well used by local people and although the incident took part in the early hours of the morning it is likely that someone may have been out and using the footpath at that time."

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