Bangor: Serious sexual assault of woman condemned

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Shock has been expressed after a woman in her 20s has seriously sexually assaulted in Bangor, Co Down.

The incident happened around 2am on October 17 after the woman, who had been walking along High Street in Bangor, accepted a lift home by two unknown males.

The men were travelling in a three door silver car, possibly a VW Golf.

A PSNI spokesman said the car had plain black fabric seat covers and a “black ice” magic tree hanging from the rear view mirror. He added that the internal panel of the passengers’ door was missing.

The car was driven out of the car park and travelled towards Groomsport. The males stopped the car in a dark area where the victim was sexually assaulted.

The male passenger is described as being approximately 5ft 4ins tall, of large build, with a round face and brown coloured messy hair. The driver is described as being of thin build, with a skinhead type haircut and scruffy ginger coloured beard.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne said he was “shocked and alarmed at this incident taking place in Bangor” and “there is no place for this type of activity on our streets and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family of this terrible attack”.

“There is a sense of shock locally following news of this attack and it serves as a reminder for people to be vigilant within our town centres, especially at night and the importance of not travelling alone.

“The PSNI also need to step up their presence in our Town Centres to reassure the law abiding public but also to deter those seeking to carry out such despicable attacks.”

Fellow DUP MLA Alex Easton added: “This is truly an appalling crime, for anyone to have to be put through a vulnerable young woman though this ordeal are just sick individuals.

“To sexual assault a young lady by luring them into a car, by pretending to take them home under the pretence of a safe lift, is just a sick thing to do.”

He added that he hopes the CCTV coverage in High Street in Bangor will be able to identify the men involved in the attack.

“This type of incident makes me very angry and is not what we want to happening in our society,” he said.

“I would urge all women to travel together when going home and not to take lifts from strangers.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone who was in the Bangor area last night and who saw two males in a silver coloured car to contact them at Ladas Drive on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.