Advice for women after sex attacks

WOMEN can get advice about keeping themselves safe at a session which is being held by police after a spate of sex attacks.

Police will be holding the event in Wellingborough following six sex attacks which took place in the town in January and February.

An 18-year-old Wellingborough man, who was arrested in connection with the attacks, remains on bail.

Police will hold the women’s safety session at All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, on Wednesday, April 25, from 6pm to 8pm.

It will cover topics ranging from personal safety and planning a route home to domestic abuse, hate crime and safety on a night out, including awareness of date rape drugs.

Officers will also be giving away personal safety alarms subject to availability.

Wellingborough police sector commander Insp Nick Lyall said police had already been planning the session when several women told officers they wanted such an event to take place. Similar sessions have previously been put on by police in Corby.

Insp Lyall said: “It’s following on from the attacks we had in the town centre.

“While they have stopped following the arrest of a male who is currently on bail, we felt the need to do something for those women who wanted to come to us for advice.

“We just felt the need to do some work locally to offer some reassurance.

“There were a couple of requests for it so we thought it was a good idea.”

Insp Lyall said women could drop in at the event for as long as they wanted to and he hoped women would take police up on the offer of advice.

He said: “Just turn up, drop in and the team will be there to speak to you.”

Officers gave out more than 25 personal safety alarms to women, as well as advice leaflets from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust on keeping safe on the streets, to female shoppers at Morrisons in Wellingborough after the attacks.