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Police keen to trace witnesses in connection with Leamington Spa rape

I am particularly keen to hear from a male dog walker who walked passed the victim as she walked along the riverside footpath in the direction of the leisure centre.

I would also like to hear from anyone who used the footpath between 5pm and 7pm on Friday 13th March 2015 as they may hold valuable information that could assist identifying the attacker.

– Detective Chief Inspector Pete Hill

Woman raped in Leamington yesterday evening

Police are investigating a rape in Leamington Credit: PA

Police are investigating the rape of a woman in Leamington Spa yesterday.

It happened between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Riverside Walk, close to the River Leam off Newbold Terrace East.

The 19-year-old woman was approached by a man who gave his name as 'Tom' or 'Thomas' and who physically and sexually assaulted her.

The rapist is described as a white man, over 5”3 tall, of medium build, in his mid to late 20s, with dark brown hair. He had a pale spotty complexion, bushy eyebrows and was clean shaven. He spoke with a local accent and was smoking a cigarette when he approached the victim.

At the time of the rape he was wearing dark blue jeans, a grey top with long sleeves and a black jacket.

“This was a very serious and frightening attack by a stranger. We are doing all we can to trace the suspect."

– Detective Inspector Graham Farren, Warwickshire Police

Timelapse video of repairs to Harbury landslip line

Network Rail has released a timelapse video showing their progress in repairing the line from Leamington Spa to Banbury.

It has been closed since 31 January, when a 350,000 tonne landslip happened near Harbury, a few miles south of Leamington Spa.

The line reopened today, three weeks ahead of schedule, as Wesley Smith reports.

Railway line re-opens after 350,000 tonne landslip at Harbury

The railway line between Leamington Spa and Banbury is due to reopen today - three weeks earlier than originally expected.

350,000 tonnes of earth moved in the landslip Credit: Network Rail

It has been closed since 31 January following a 350,000 tonne landslip near Harbury, a few miles south of Leamington Spa.

The key route between Birmingham and London Marylebone is used by 130 passenger and freight trains a day.


Five lucky to survive 4x4 crash that crushed traffic lights

Five people have survived a serious crash in Leamington Spa town centre last night, after a 4x4 rolled over and demolished a set of traffic lights.

The second car involved in the crash Credit: WMAS

The crash happened at the junction of Warwick Street and the Parade at around 9.50pm.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service say all involved were "extremely lucky" not to have suffered more serious injuries.

WMAS were not able to release a photograph of the 4x4 Credit: WMAS

Crews arrived to find a car and a 4x4 type vehicle that had been in a serious crash. Due to the crash the 4x4 vehicle had rolled over and demolished a set of traffic lights.

Fortunately, the three occupants of the 4x4 vehicle, and the two occupants of the car, all suffered no serious injuries and were checked over by ambulance crews before being discharged at the scene.

Travelling in the 4x4 were three men in their 20’s, and in the car and man in his early 20’s and a woman in her late teens.

Considering the location of the crash it is extremely fortunate that neither the occupants of the vehicles or any pedestrians suffered more serious injuries.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Search for man who fell from a bridge in Leamington Spa

Specialist search teams have spent today looking for a man believed to have fallen into the River Leam.

Bridge and River Leam in Leamington Spa Credit: ITV News Central

The man was seen falling from the York Road foot bridge yesterday evening at around 9.30pm.

Police and fire services started a search and rescue operation which continued today.

Rescue services at the scene Credit: ITV News Central

Runaway driver caused two crashes in one night

Police are hunting a runaway driver who caused two Leamington road accidents on Friday night Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are hunting a runaway driver who caused two Leamington road accidents in one night.

The first crash happened at 10.30pm on Friday, when the black Peugeot 307 left the Shakespeare Inn and then smashed into a parked black Honda on Mill Street in Harbury.

The collision forced the Honda into the wall of a residential home on the street, significantly damaging the car and the building.

The car left in the direction of Southam before crashing into a ditch on the Bascote crossroads on the A425. The driver, a man, was seen leaving the scene on foot.

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