Woman dragged into car and raped in Hartcliffe
A WOMAN was dragged into a car by two men and raped in Hartcliffe.
The 24-year-old was walking along Fulford Road in the early hours of Sunday when she was pulled into a red car and sexually assaulted.
The victim eventually managed to struggle free and run off in the direction of Hawkfield Road.
Police say the number of patrols taking place in the area have been increased following the attack.
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Detective Inspector Mike Buck said: "This was an isolated incident in which a lone woman was targeted by these men and subjected to violent attack.
"Investigations are ongoing, and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these two men. These men were seen in a red car in the area between 3am and 4am.
"I am also keen to speak to a man who came to the assistance of the victim after she sought refuge in his garden a few street away. He may have valuable information that could help us.
"I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident, or the people who committed this crime to come forward and contact us in confidence."
Chief Inspector Bill Halsey said: "Incidents like this are extremely rare in the Hartcliffe area. However I would urge everyone to remain vigilant and think about your personal safety.
"We are increasing patrols in the area and would encourage anyone who see's anyone who fits the description of the men or the car to come forward and contact us.
"If you are a resident in the area and are concerned we would urge you to come and talk to us."
Police say that shortly before the attack, the victim was walking in the direction of Hawkfield Road and had noticed a red car, similar to a Ford Fiesta, with a large exhaust, parked opposite the Fulford Arms pub. She was grabbed by the men as she walked past the car.
The first man police are trying to trace is of mixed heritage, in his early 30s, tall and of a skinny build. He had short brown hair and a mole on his face. He was wearing a blue Rockport jumper.
The second man is white, in his early 30s, of a stocky build, with short ginger hair. He has a black teardrop tattoo under his right eye and was wearing dark blue jeans and a black short sleeved top.
Anyone with information should call detectives at Operation Bluestone on 101 quoting crime reference number 120550/12. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.