DUP is asking for information on sexual assault in North Belfast and an end to ‘speculation’ on social media

Representatives of the Greater Shankill DUP have urged people to provide “relevant information” to help an investigation into a sexual assault by three men and called for an end to “social media speculation”.

rian Kingston MLA, Councilman Frank McCoubrey, Councilor Naomi Thompson and Councilor Nicola Verner said it was important that the victim of the Woodvale Avenue attack was given “every support”.

The victim was walking his dogs in the Woodvale Avenue area on Saturday, January 7, when he was attacked.

Police said three other men were involved and all three are described as in their 40s and around 5’8.

Detective Sergeant Corry said: “Around 7.30pm it was reported that a man in his 40s was walking his two dogs in the area when he was approached and sexually assaulted by three unidentified men.

“All three men are described as being in their 40s and approximately 5ft 8 tall. The first man is stocky, bald and wears a colorful shirt.

“The second, slim built with a three-day stubble and a black top, and the third also stocky built, is said to be wearing a gray track top, gray track pants and white sneakers.

“This man is also believed to have a spiral design tattoo on his inner forearm.”

A PSNI call for information was issued on Wednesday this week which DUP officials say has caused “major concern locally”.

They have been in touch with the PSNI Area Commander North Belfast regarding this reported incident.

He was on record as saying: “Detectives are working to determine exactly what happened through investigative lines and have conducted CCTV trawls, house-to-house investigations and a forensic investigation.

“I note from social media that there have been comments regarding this incident and those involved. This comment is speculative and unhelpful, increasing fears of crime in the local community.

“We have increased our police presence in the area to reassure the local community and I would ask that investigators be given time to complete their investigation. I would like to ask anyone with information to contact us immediately.”

As elected representatives of the DUP, they wished to reiterate this appeal that all relevant information be brought forward and that “the speculation circulating” be stopped.

Their statement added: “It is important that the police conduct a thorough investigation and that the victim of this reported attack is given all assistance.

“It is important that the PSNI continue to have an increased presence in the area during this investigation to reassure the local community.

“Our priority as local representatives is to ensure we have a safe community and with that in mind we have requested an urgent meeting with the police where we will raise the concerns of the local community.”

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dup-appeals-for-information-over-sexual-assault-in-north-belfast-and-an-end-to-social-media-speculation-42287027.html DUP is asking for information on sexual assault in North Belfast and an end to ‘speculation’ on social media

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