Shock over report of sex assault in south Belfast

Police and Forensic officers at the scene of  reported Sexual assault  in Belfast
Police and Forensic officers at the scene of reported Sexual assault in Belfast

An MLA has spoken out to condemn a reported sex attack in south Belfast.

Police are investigating the report of the assault in the University Street area of Belfast, in the Holylands district, which is home to large numbers of students as well as migrant residents.

The area was cordoned off earlier on Monday.

SDLP South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell issued a statement voicing “shock” after police announced that their investigation.

He said: “This report of such a heinous crime will shock and disgust the entire community of south Belfast...

“An attack of this nature must have been deeply distressing for the victim.

“I appeal to anyone who may have any relevant information to pass it onto the police immediately so the person responsible can be taken off our streets.”