Warning after teenager raped

PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH women have been told to stay safe at all costs as police hunt a rapist who attacked a 19-year-old woman in the early hours of Sunday. The victim described by police as traumatised" was walking home alone when she was pushed into a Raleigh Roa

EXMOUTH women have been told to stay safe at all costs as police hunt a rapist who attacked a 19-year-old woman in the early hours of Sunday.The victim - described by police as "traumatised" - was walking home alone when she was pushed into a Raleigh Road garden and raped. Her attacker fled after the incident, between 1am and 2am on Sunday Officers are scouring CCTV footage for evidence after the teenager was attacked by a white male wearing a hooded jacket, which partially covered his face.As a major crime investigation team conducts inquiries, women have been warned to take care.Detective Inspector Dave Ledger said: "We would like to stress this type of offence is not common. Simple precautions can be taken, such as not walking alone at night, and taking a taxi if there is no other choice."The victim had been walking along Rolle Street when attacked at the junction of Raleigh Road. She made her way home following the ordeal and contacted police. She is now being given help by a police liaison officer.The rapist is described as a white, aged around 17, of slim build, with strong, dark eyes. He was wearing a dark waterproof jacket of soft material, with a large zipped collar covering the lower part of his face, and a raised hood. The zip was covered by a Velcro flap, and the jacket had elasticated wrists.He was also wearing dark jeans and black trainers with long laces. Police have appealed for help from people who may have seen anyone matching the suspect's description in Exmouth on Saturday night - or may know anyone who fits the description.

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