Three men arrested over alleged rape

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Three men have been arrested after the alleged rape of a young female near Londonderry Park on the Portaferry Road in Newtownards early this morning.

Two males, aged 19 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of rape. A 28-year-old man arrested earlier today remains in police custody at this time.

At around 6.25am the female reported that she had been assaulted by a number of males in the vicinity of the Park a short time earlier.

Detective Sergeant Lennon continues to appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Londonderry Park or Portaferry Road early this morning and who witnessed this incident or anyone who has information that could assist Police with their enquiries to contact detectives in Newtownards on 101, quoting reference 554 15/09/19. Alternatively, police said, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Alliance Newtownards Councillor Nick Mathison has said he is shocked.

“I am shocked and appalled by this incident and my thoughts are with the victim at this difficult time,” said Councillor Mathison.

“Attacks such as these send shockwaves through the local community. It is disturbing such an incident could take place in our town. We must ensure the streets are safe for all.

“I urge anyone with information on this incident to contact police with it immediately.”