Police investigate town centre assault

newtown road sealed off

Newtown road sealed off. Pic: Peter Wiliamson

Police have taped off Leigh road recreation ground this a morning as part of a major investigation after a 17 year-old girl was subjected to a ‘serious sexual assault’ last night.

Newtown Road was partly blocked to traffic and the former patient’s car park (now staff only) to Eastleigh Health Centre was also taped off.

Police on the scene would say nothing except to confirm an investigation was under way but a local security guard told an Eastleigh News reader that there had been what he described as a ‘gang rape’ which had started in the park in the early hours of the morning and which had continued in the Health Centre car park although this is unconfirmed.


Forensic officer at Health centre car park, Photo: Matthew Myatt

A police spokesman said two men from Southampton had been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Inspector Dave Morgan said:

“This is an unusual and very rare occurrence for this area and I would like to stress that this is being treated as an isolated incident. We have a team of officers who are conducting the investigation and are following various lines of enquiry. An area of Leigh Road Park and part of Newtown Road has been cordoned off to allow for a thorough forensic examination.

“We would appeal for anyone who has any information about this incident, or who witnessed anyone in the Newtown Road area between midnight and 1am this morning, to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Entrance to Leigh Road rec taped off this morning.Pic:PeterWilliamson

Last Friday a Newtown Road resident was beaten up by a gang of youths and another resident who came to his aid was threatened.

In a separate incident on the same day a patient parking their car outside the Newtown Health Centre was threatened by a gang of female teens outside the Newtown Road Health Centre.

A concerned local resident said:

“My neighbours were beaten up by a gang in Newtown Road last year and only a month ago 12 car windscreens were smashed in the area.

I have two young children and I am now thinking of moving.

I don’t believe Eastleigh is a safe place to live”

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