University rapist on the loose after attack on fresher

Students at a university are being warned to keep their windows and doors locked at night after a teenager was raped.

A round-the-clock police presence has also been introduced at the University of Glamorgan in South Wales after an 18-year-old woman was attacked at a halls of residence. She is said to be recovering at home with her family.

In the meantime, detectives are now searching for the culprit who wore gloves and a dark-coloured hooded top during the incident in the early hours of Saturday.

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Attack: A police hunt is under way after a fresher student was attacked at a University of Glamorgan halls of residence

Forensic officers are also examining several rooms at the halls and specialist police search teams are scouring the surrounding area.

Superintendent Tony Smith of South Wales Police said: "I wish to reassure students at the university, parents and the wider community that a full investigation is under way.

"The victim is at home with her family, she has been appointed a specially-trained South Wales Police liaison officer and we are keeping them updated on the inquiry as it progresses.

"I am sure it will be of concern to new students who are arriving to start their university career, and their parents, but this is an extremely rare incident for not only the University but the Pontypridd area."

He added: "Since this incident was reported to us there has been a 24-hour police presence at the university's campus, which will continue, as well as the campus' own security staff."

The investigation was triggered when police received a report that a non-residential student had been sexually assaulted sometime between 2.30am and 4.50am in a friend's room at the Glamorgan Courts Halls of Residence.

Professor David Halton, the Vice Chancellor at the university, said: "We are offering full support to the victim and although the campus has an excellent reputation as a safe, friendly campus in light of this incident we are reminding all students to follow basic safety advice such as keeping all windows and doors locked at night, stay in groups when walking around the campus late at night, and to report any suspicious activity to security staff or the police."

The suspect is described as around 6ft tall, of solid appearance, and wearing gloves and a dark-coloured hooded top.

The University has set up a dedicated helpline on 01443 482 896 for concerned parents and students requiring advice or information.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the incident room at Mountain Ash Police Station on 01443 743 678 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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