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British woman allegedly raped by man at Praia da Rocha, Portimão

A suspect is said to have already been identified

Police are investigating the alleged rape of a British woman in her 20s at Portimão’s Praia da Rocha beach in the early hours of Wednesday morning (July 5).

The young woman filed a complaint at around 5am at the PSP tourism police station in Praia da Rocha, telling officers that the attack took place near the beach’s boardwalk, reports Correio da Manhã tabloid.

CM adds that a police source has confirmed that a suspect has already been identified.

The UK’s Mirror has revealed further details of the incident. Citing a police source, the newspaper says that the young woman described the attacker as a “thin man with an African complexion, who spoke French and was about 5ft 9ins (around 1,79cm) and wore a white scarf on his head.”

Citing another “well-placed source”, the paper reports that “she told police the individual approached her on the access stairs to the walkway and then when she was already on the walkway, took advantage of the distance she was from her friends, pulled her into some bushes and in 10 minutes raped her.

“She said he also stole a black bag, where she had her mobile phone and passport,” the source added.

The woman was taken to Portimão Hospital for a medical examination as part of standard procedure.

The news comes at a time when Praia da Rocha and Portimão are filled with revellers, who have travelled from all over the world for the Afro Nation (June 28-30) and Rolling Loud (July 5-7) festivals.

By Michael Bruxo

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