A CITY councillor has said that implementing CCTV is "worth looking into and investigating" after a teenage girl was raped in a Southampton park.

The news comes after an 18-year old woman was approached and then raped by a man at Riverside Park near Woodmill Lane in Bitterne Park on December 2.

Officers say that this happened between 11pm and 11.50pm.

No one has been arrested and officers sealed off an area of the park yesterday morning to carry out enquiries.

Councillor Ivan White who represents the Bitterne Park ward said: "Having more CCTV is worth a looking into and investigating.

He added: "When it comes to illuminating the park I would follow the advice of the police and I know that this has been discussed.

"They have said that lighting parks when it's dark can encourage people to use parks at night which can then lead to the opportunity for people to commit these sorts of crimes.

"It is a very difficult issue and there is a big debate about how to protect people in parks in the city.

"My heart goes out to the person effected and their family."

Facebook users also took to social media to share their views about illuminating the park and implementing CCTV.

One person said: "Need more lighting and cameras in those parks even as a bloke I never walk through there at night on my own there should be twenty four seven monitored cctv in the parks so stuff like this doesn't happen I’d like to say there should be patrols at night through the parks but we all know that would never happen."

Another facebook user said:" At one time you could walk anywhere at anytime and be safe, it’s not like that anymore, I wish people would stop taking chances.

Another person added: "I walk past that park in the mornings and evenings and it's always pitch black! There needs to be better lights in the area!"

"We should be able to walk freely without this happening but sadly this kind of thing is becoming normality."

A spokesperson from Hampshire Police said:"Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who was in the Riverside Park area last night who saw anyone or anything suspicious. Please call 101 and quote Operation Scorch or 44180450724."