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Man in his 50s raped in bushes by masked stranger as police hunt two suspects

A middle-aged man was dragged into the bushes and raped by a stranger in a sickening attack.

The victim, aged in his 50s, was walking in Somerset Avenue in Southampton on the night of May 22 when he was approached by two men.

One of the men then raped him in an overgrown area nearby.

Hampshire Police have launched a hunt for two suspects and are asking anyone who may have information to come forward.

One suspect is described as white, aged between 20 and 30 with a slim build who spoke in a local accent.

Officers say he is between 6ft 1ins and 6ft 2ins and was dressed all in black with a hooded top, black mask/snood and a black rucksack.

They say there is no physical description of the second victim but he also had a local accent.

Officers said they particularly want to hear from those that were in the area of Exford Avenue or Somerset Avenue between 9.30pm and 10pm and may have witnessed something suspicious.

Police said the victim is being supported by specialist officers as the investigation gets underway, and there will be increased patrols in the area.

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