Police have warned female students not to walk home alone following a series of sickening and vile sex attacks over a two-week period.
last night police stepped-up city patrols and warned all young women including vulnerable first-year students to stay in groups after a night out after two teenagers were raped and another two women, including a 17-year-old teenager who was sexually assaulted in the space of days.
One student volunteer at the University campus said:
Students are panicking, they are very worried. I have friends who are saying they are not going out at night again, it is so awful.”
Police Officers in Carlisle, Cumbria, UK, have released an e-fit of a man they want to question in relation to the first sex attack of a woman in her 30s who was sexually assaulted in the early hours of 18 September.
One the very next morning a 19-year-old student was raped after she became separated from her pals. On 25 September, an 17-year-old was indecently assaulted and on 1 October a woman of 18 was raped close to a car park.
A man of 22 was arrested over one of the sex attacks but after questioning was released on bail.
There are approximately 3,000 students studying at the University of Cumbria and police have visited to offer reassurance by giving the terrified students advice:
“We want to reassure people but also make them aware of the dangers.â€
“It is important that people take care of themselves and friends during a night out.
“Never walk home alone or accept lifts from strangers and always stick to busy, well-lit routes”, said Inspector Mark Gilroy.