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Woman is raped in sick attack on street

Gardai are investigating a savage rape that happened in Waterford city last night.

A young woman was walking home on the Old Tramore Road when she was approached from behind by her attacker shortly after 11.15pm.

The incident happened close to a gym in the city and it is understood that the terrible ordeal lasted for over half an hour.

Gardai said the attacker was a male who was wearing a grey hoodie and white runners.

Officers were notified of the incident shortly after midnight and the area was sealed off for a technical examination.

The traumatised woman was treated at Waterford Regional Hospital which has a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit.

"This was a very serious incident - the injured party has been left in a terrible state," a source said.


Gardai have appealed for anyone who was in the vicinity at the time to contact them.

Officers will use computer system known as VICLAS to determine if the crime is linked to similar attacks.

VICLAS, the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, is a computer system developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1990s to compare crimes for similarities.

According to the latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office, there was drop in sexual offences (down 5.3pc), including a fall by almost a fifth in rapes nationwide for the year up to the end of March.