A MAN arrested in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault on a woman in Newport city centre has been released under investigation.

A 34-year-old from the Cross Keys area was held after the complainant in her 30s reported that she was attacked sometime between 3.30am and 4am on the morning of Sunday, October 21.

The alleged assault happened in a disused area that once provided parking access to the left of the Admiral Building, when facing it, between the junctions of Cambrian Road and Station Street.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: "A 34-year-old man who was arrested following reports of a serious sexual assault, which happened just off Queensway in Newport city centre during the early hours of Sunday 21st October, has since been released under investigation.”

After the report was made, police said the complainant was being supported by specialist officers.

Police officers were seen using a spaniel sniffer dog in the area on the afternoon of October 21 as they investigated.

There were two police vehicles at the scene, one of which was from a forensic investigation unit.

Five officers were looking to gather evidence and the area was cordoned off.

The police spokesperson added: "Anyone with information in relation to this incident can contact Gwent Police on 101, quoting log 86 of 21/10/18."