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Woman says she was raped by suspected police impersonator

A woman has reported being sexually assaulted on a road near to Rugby at around 11.30pm on Friday 26 June.

The woman driver was travelling in the direction of Rugby on the B4453 Credit: PA

The woman driver was travelling in the direction of Rugby on the B4453, when a black Audi A4 with a '59' registration plate indicated her to pull over.

A man got out of the Audi and then raped the woman who is in her 30s.

A full investigation has launched and initial lines of inquiry suggest that this man was not a police officer.

We appreciate the alarm that this may cause to both drivers and people living in the Warwickshire area, however our initial lines of inquiry suggest that this man is not a police officer."

– Detective Inspector Neil Candelent

Anyone who was in the area at this time or who may have seen a vehicle being stopped by a black Audi, should contact police immediately on 101 quoting reference 508 of 26 June.

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Dylan Hartley dropped from England squad

Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's Rugby World Cup training squad following his ban for headbutting, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Hartley was handed a four week ban on Wednesday. Credit: PA

England have dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad after his latest misdemeanour, a headbutt on Jamie George.

Northampton front-rower Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.

Dylan Hartley set to be axed from World Cup squad

England are expected to announce they have dropped Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.

Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes look like they're over Credit: PA

It's understood England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday's Twickenham clash.

Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.

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Dylan Hartley handed 4 week ban: World Cup in doubt

Dylan Hartley has been handed a 4 week ban Credit: PA

Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes are under severe threat after the England hooker was hit with a four-week ban for headbutting Saracens' Jamie George.

The fiery Northampton hooker's guilty plea in Wednesday's disciplinary hearing may just prove a shrewd enough move however to salvage his World Cup participation.

Hartley will miss England's three World Cup warm-up games and the tournament opener against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18.

Worcester Warriors could be promoted with a win

Worcester Warriors could be promoted to Rugby's Premiership this evening if they manage another win over Bristol.

Worcester's players preparing for the final Credit: ITV News Central

The Warriors won the first leg of the Championship final by just a single point, thanks to the last kick of the game flying between the posts.

Another win against Bristol in the home leg would see them promoted, and bounce straight back to the top flight, after they were relegated last season.

Warriors fans will be hoping to celebrate in these stands later Credit: ITV News Central

Director of Rugby, Dean Ryan, has already said the same 15 players who started the first leg will also start this evening at the Sixways Stadium.

Speaking to the club website, he said he is expecting another close game.

We will need the same levels of intensity again this week and it'll be a pretty lively clash.

It's huge. We've managed to get the game here on an even wicket and now we need margin and every person in Worcester to give us a chance. It's by no means going to be easy.

It's better to have a slight advantage but we've got to remember the first leg game means nothing now."

– Dean Ryan, Director of Rugby, Worcester Warriors
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