A woman was raped by an attacker wearing a face mask as she walked along the sea front in Portsmouth, police have said.
Hampshire Police said the woman, 40, was treated in hospital for a possible fractured cheekbone, and suffered bruising to her face, arms, legs, and back in the incident on Southsea Common on Monday night.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
Detectives are now calling for witnesses to the attack. The attacker was white, heavily built and with facial hair. He was also wearing a dark baseball cap, a dark top with a zip, and a blue surgical facemask, officers said.
Acting Detective Inspector Wayne Jackson said: “We know this area of the park is used widely by residents and it’s a popular walk-through and we would like to appeal to those who were in the vicinity Monday night to get in contact with us.
“Were you in this area on Monday 3 August between 9pm and 11.30pm, and did you see anyone or anything suspicious?
“It’s important you get in contact with us and tell us what you know.
“Officers from the Portsmouth South Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be patrolling the area throughout the coming days and weeks. Please do approach them if you have any information that could assist or if you have any concerns.
“If you have any information no matter how small or insignificant it might be, it could really help our investigation. Please speak to an officer patrolling or get in contact with us via 101 quoting 44200292589.”