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Sex assault on woman in city park Teenage girl raped in city park
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A woman has been sexually assaulted near a museum in south Belfast, the police have said. A teenager has been raped in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.
It happened just after midnight in Botanic Gardens when the 18-year-old was the victim of what police described as a serious sexual assault. The 18-year-old was attacked as she walked home through the park on Saturday night at about midnight.
Police have said that detectives have begun an investigation into the assault. She had been drinking with a group of friends in the park, and as she passed the Ulster Museum, a man dragged her into the bushes and raped her.
They have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact them. The attacker also stole the teenager's mobile phone. A team of police officers have been searching the park for the phone and other clues.
Detectives say they want to speak to anyone who was in Botanic Gardens or walking past the Stranmillis Road entrance around the time of the attack.
Police believe they may have seen something that could help them track down the rapist.
South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell appeals for witnesses to come forward