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Man arrested after rape at Oxford flats

Police in Oxford have arrested a man in connection with an incident of rape in Headington.

Between 2am and 3am yesterday (20/9) a woman entered a block of flats and was followed by a man who raped her before leaving the scene.

Det Insp Ian Wood said: “There have been extra patrols in the area today following the incident and if anyone has any concerns they can approach an officer or call the Neighbourhood Team on 101.

“The investigation is ongoing and I would like to continue to appeal for anyone with any information about this incident which could help police with their enquiries to speak to an officer.

“Thames Valley Police takes reports of this nature very seriously and is continuing to support the victim.”

If you have any information which could help police please call Oxford Force CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

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Witnesses sought after reports of assault on driver

Police in Kent are appealing for witnesses following reports of an assault in Gillingham that left a man with a fractured leg and facial injuries.

At around 9.30am on 16 September, it is alleged that the drivers of two cars were involved in an altercation at the roundabout at the junction of Middle Street and Dock Road.

The first driver got out of his vehicle, a silver BMW, and approached the car behind. The second driver - the victim - got out of this vehicle, a blue Ford Focus, and was reportedly punched and kicked by the first driver.

The offender then returned to his vehicle and drove away, leaving the victim on the floor with two fractures to his leg and injuries to his eye socket.

A 54 year old Gillingham man was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed pending further enquiries until 25 November.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact investigating officer DC Robin Stump on 07980 683675, quoting crime reference XY/033048/14.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Man questioned over rape allegations

A man is being questioned by Thames Valley Police Credit: PA

Thames Valley Police have arrested a man following a rape in Oxford city centre in the early hours of yesterday.

A 21-year-old local man was arrested this morning (21/9) on suspicion of rape and is currently in police custody.

The arrest is in connection with an incident shortly after 2am in which an 18-year-old woman was raped in Brewer Street.

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