Northern Ireland

Woman is raped during gang assault in Poleglass

Bell Steel Road sign
Image caption The woman was approached by the gang as she walked along the Bell Steel Road

A 23-year-old woman has been raped on the outskirts of west Belfast.

She was walking along the Bell Steel Road in Poleglass at around 22.10 GMT on Friday when she was approached from behind three men.

She was forced onto a grass bank close to the Woodside Estate where she was held down and raped.

Police have appealed to anyone with any information about the attack to contact detectives in the PSNI's Rape Crime Unit on 0845 600 8000.

'Dreadful ordeal'

West Belfast councillor Charlene O'Hara said the people who assaulted the woman must be "taken off the streets as soon as possible".

"First and foremost the thoughts of the community are with the victim who has suffered this dreadful ordeal," the Sinn Féin representative said.

"This has shocked the local community who will not feel safe until the perpetrators are apprehended," Ms O'Hara added.

"I would call on anyone with any information whatsoever to contact the PSNI so that the culprits can be taken off the streets."