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Man already jailed for rape admits attacking second woman

Mark Anthony Harrison has already been jailed for an attack in 1992
Mark Anthony Harrison has already been jailed for an attack in 1992 Credit: Warwickshire Police

A man from Nuneaton who was given a 20 year jail sentence earlier this year for raping a mother in 1992, has admitted attacking another woman ten years later.

Mark Anthony Harrison appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday charged with attempted rape, indecent assault and actual bodily harm.

They relate to an attack on a 26-year-old woman which he carried out as she walked along Manor Court Road in Nuneaton, on Saturday 24 August 2002.

The 43-year-old admitted all three charges and was returned to prison to await sentencing.

This is all about the courage and bravery shown by two women at the time of these horrific attacks and every day thereafter. I can not begin to understand what these strong women have had to deal with over the years.

– Detective Inspector Pete Hill, Warwickshire Police

Harrison was arrested in June 2013 for the attack in 1992 after a cold case investigation. Following that arrest, DNA was taken which also linked him to the most recent attack.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court in December over the 1992 attack, where he denied rape and grievous bodily harm. But he was unanimously found guilty, and was handed a total of 20 years behind bars.

The jury were told a mother in her early 30s had gone out for the evening with friends on 7 February 1992, but headed home alone while others stayed out.

She went down Edward Street, where Harrison lived, and was attacked from behind.

As a result of the attack, her upper jaw was crushed and she also lost two teeth.

Red-heads get free entry at zoo celebrating World Orangutan Day

Batu is the only male Orangutan at Twycross
Batu is the only male Orangutan at Twycross Credit: Twycross Zoo

People with red hair are to get free entry at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire today, to celebrate World Orangutan Day.

The number of the endangered species left in the wild has declined by half in the past 60 years.

Twycross is the only zoo in the UK to have all four types of Great Ape, part of that selection being 4 Bornean orangutans - one male, and three female, including a three-year-old.

Three-year-old Molly
Three-year-old Molly Credit: Twycross Zoo


Warehouse fire in Warwickshire: road closures


Fire in Crondal Road, Exhall believed to involve a large number of vehicles on open ground .. 10 fire engines and aerial pump in attendance

Ten fire engines from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue are attending a blaze at a warehouse on Crondal Road in Exhall. The road is closed to all traffic and people are being urged to avoid the area.


Large fire in Crondal Road, Exhall .. 10 fire appliances from all across Warwickshire plus aerial pump ..

Man airlifted to hospital after he was hit by a train

A man has been hit by a train near Leamington Spa.
A man has been hit by a train near Leamington Spa. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was hit by a train near Leamington Spa.

Emergency services were called to a stretch of track near Leamington Spa station in Warwickshire where they discovered the man, who is believed to be in his mid-30s.

He was given treatment at the scene for serious leg injuries.

Woman 'seriously injured' in RTC in Nuneaton

A woman has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Nuneaton this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Ansley Road at around 4.50pm. Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Stafford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a serious collision. Both vehicles had suffered substantial damage.

The woman, believed to be in her late 40s, suffered "multiple serious injuries" and was trapped in the vehicle for around 50 minutes. Her injuries are considered to be "life threatening."


HGV driver in hospital after lorry topples over on M6

A HGV driver has been taken to hospital after his lorry crashed, toppling over onto its side on the M6 motorway in Warwickshire.

Paramedics were called to the southbound carriageway, between junction two for Coventry and one for Rugby, shortly before midday today.

The driver, a man in his 50s, had to be cut free
The driver, a man in his 50s, had to be cut free Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The lorry had landed on its side, blocking two lanes and trapping the driver - a man in his 50s - inside the cab.

He had suffered shoulder, neck, back and rib pain in the crash, and was taken to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire after being cut free for further treatment.

Men remanded in custody over Rugby shooting

Two men have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a man found shot dead in a car in Rugby.

Jordon Banton, aged 23, was killed in Newton Road shortly after 11.40am on Friday (July 25).

Jordon Banton
Jordon Banton Credit: Warwickshire Police

Darell Akins, aged 28, of Follager Road, Rugby, and Paul Clarke, aged 34, of Bluebell Close, Rugby, appeared at Coventry Crown Court today and were both remanded in custody until their next hearing on October 9.

A 27-year-old male arrested on Tuesday 29 July has been released on police bail while investigations continue.

Anyone with information is urged to call Warwickshire Police on 101.

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