Appeal to students over sex attack in Cardiff

CCTV images of the man police want to interview
Image caption This man was filmed walking behind the victim moments before she was attacked

Students have been urged to help identify a man after a sex assault on a 22-year-old woman in Cardiff.

CCTV images have been issued of a man South Wales Police want to interview over the attack on 9 November.

He was walking behind her moments before the attack near the junction of Thesiger and Fitzroy Streets, Cathays, an area with a high student population.

Det Insp Tudor Thomas said: "I believe the student population of Cardiff can help detect this offence."

He urged students in the city to view the CCTV footage on the South Wales Police website.

The victim was uninjured but left "extremely distressed" by the attack, which happened at about 0250 GMT.

Det Insp Thomas, from Roath and Cathays CID, said: "A nearby resident heard screams coming from outside his house and went to the young woman's assistance causing the suspect to run off in the direction of Crwys Road.

"I would appeal for anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV, or the male himself, to contact us."

The images are to feature on the Welsh Crimestoppers bulletin on Sunday on ITV Wales after the evening news.

Police said they did not believe the incident was connected to one in which a 20-year-old woman was assaulted in Cathays Terrace while walking home from a night out in the city early on Sunday, 26 September.

A 36-year-old man is on police bail in relation to that offence following an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

South Wales Police said Home Office crime released this week showed that the force area had the second lowest number of recorded sexual offences in England and Wales for the 12-month period up to September 2010, when compared with the same period the year before.

However, Det Insp Thomas said: "Once again, I would take this opportunity to advise people when walking home late at night to do so in pairs or groups and to stick to well lit areas."

Anyone with information about the incident on 9 November is asked to contact Cathays CID on 02920 527 267 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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