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International search for suspected sex attacker after serious assault in Ireland

Manhunt: PSNI and Gardai are on alert
Manhunt: PSNI and Gardai are on alert

An international manhunt is underway for a suspected sex attacker following a serious assault in County Down.

The PSNI have released an image of the suspected attacker, who is alleged to have carried out a serious assault on a woman in her 20s. 

The woman - in her early 20s - was reportedly attacked at a flat in Scotch Street during a night out in Downpatrick approximately four weeks ago.

Police have appealed to the public for information about the attack on 10 May, and released a picture of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Speaking today, Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said: "Detectives continue to investigate an allegation that a serious sexual assault took place at a private dwelling in Scotch Street, Downpatrick during the early hours of Sunday 10 May.

"Officers received a report at 1.19am and arrived at the scene at 1.28am.

"A number of people were spoken to as part of initial enquiries and we continue to appeal for information from anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have any information which may assist our inquiries. 

"We would particularly appeal for assistance from members of the public in identifying the whereabouts of the male in the attached picture.

"We wish to identify and locate the man in this photograph as we believe he may have vital information that could assist us with our enquiries."

The detective added that Interpol, along with all ports and airports, have been notified of the suspected attacker. 

Her father said: "When she came out of the toilet the light was off and she went to make her way downstairs and was grabbed from behind, pulled into a room and violently assaulted.

"She feels violated. Your life is just on hold. Everything is on hold – it’s shocking, absolutely dreadful."

Police said anybody who has information can contact the incident room number 02838366274 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.