Cold Case breakthrough helps catch rapist

Advances in DNA techniques helped bring Barry Powell to justice almost 25 years after he raped a woman in Manchester

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"Don't suffer in silence", says Howell's victim

What happened that evening has had an enormous and negative impact on not just my life but the lives of others, over the past 24 years.

"I want to move forward with my life and this process has brought me some sense of closure.

"What I would like to say is that if anyone else is in this situation, or has experienced what I have been through, I would encourage them to come forward and report it to the police.

"Times have changed and technology has developed so people do not have to suffer in silence or think that something that happened to them years ago can never be solved. It can.

– Barry Howell's victim

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