Detectives have warned social media users to avoid speculation as they investigate a serious sexual assault on a woman runner.
A 40-year-old man arrested in connection with the attack in Croespenmaen has been released while under investigation.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, was attacked in the Kendon Road area of Croespenmaen, sometime between 7pm and 8.30pm on Monday, September 3. Police believe the assault took place somewhere in the area with the junction of Manmoel Road.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Wilkie said: “We’re continuing our investigations into the serious sexual assault that took place in the Kendon Road area of Croespenmaen on Monday, September 3.
“We updated you to say that a 40-year-old man from the local area had been arrested and he has now been released from police custody under investigation.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their comments and shares on our Gwent Police Facebook and Twitter accounts which have provided vital information to help with our enquiries. Whilst the majority of comments posted on our social media are supportive, please can we remind all our followers that this is very much an ongoing investigation.
“Nobody as yet has been charged or found guilty of this offence and any comments or speculation that could negatively impact on this case including naming those involved in the investigation will be removed.”
Police have also reiterated safety advice it issued in the wake of the attack and have urged worried residents to continue with their daily routines.
Safety advice from Gwent Police
If you’re heading our walking or running, let someone know where you’re going and for how long you’re planning to be out.
• Consider downloading a fitness tracker app on which a trusted family member or friend can trace your movements, just remember to lock your privacy setting from public to private.
• Take your phone out with you and make sure you have your battery charged.
• Plan your route beforehand, taking into account whether it will be a busy or well-lit area.
• Consider running or walking with others if possible.
• If you feel uncomfortable, or at risk, look for a place of safety, such as a shop or anywhere where there are other people and tell someone your concerns.
• Be aware of your surroundings – concentrate on what and who is around you.
• Don’t be distracted by using mobile gadgets and MP3 players. If you are listening to music, if possible use just one headphone so that you are aware of someone approaching you.