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Three arrests made after rape of woman in Henley

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Three men have been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman after leaving the Henley Regatta.

The victim, aged in her 20s, left the Chinawhite enclosure at the Henley Regatta in the afternoon on Sunday 2nd July with a party of people she had met there.

She walked to a residential street in the Harpsden Road and Reading Road area of the town to a car.

She was then raped outside the vehicle, which the three men then drove off in after the attack.

A member of the public located the victim near the Three Horseshoes pub in Reading Road shortly before 2.30am and called the police.

Two men, aged 23 and 24, from Bedford and a 26-year-old man from Loughborough have all been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with this incident.

All three men have been released under investigation.

The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers at this time. If you have any information about this incident, please come forward and speak to officers as this could assist with our investigation.”

"The three people in the CCTV image issued yesterday as part of our witness appeal have been identified and spoken to and we are no longer appealing for them to come forward."

"If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '206 2/7', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously."

– Detective Inspector Ali Driver, Oxfordshire Force CID

Thousands expected at Henley Royal Regatta

Thousands of people are expected at Henley from today as the annual royal regatta gets underway.

They'll watch crews from across the world compete in more than two hundred races at the five day event.

More than 200 races will take place at the event Credit: ITV Meridian

“I am delighted not only with the number of entries but also the incredibly high standard of crews at every level.

“The record entry level reflects the prestigious appeal Henley Royal Regatta holds for rowers at school, club, college, university and international levels.

“Personally I am looking forward to seeing the men’s double sculls having seen the GB boys come through the ranks and Jack recently made two World Cup finals in a day after being subbed into the quad and winning a silver. There’s a strong chance they’ll meet the Belgium Lightweight double which will make for an outstanding race.

“The Queen Mother Challenge Cup has this year attracted record entries and we’ll have four overseas crews along with four GB crews and some serious competition.”

– Sir Steve Redgrave


Sir Ben Ainslie to give winning trophy at Henley Regatta

Sir Ben Ainslie will present the winners of the Henley Royal Regatta with their trophy Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sir Ben Ainslie will present trophies to the winning crews of the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday.

The four-times Olympic champion will hand out the awards, along with the Regatta Chairman Mike Sweeney, who is retiring after 22 years of service.

This is the 175th Henley Royal Regatta where 494 crews have entered.

175th Henley Royal Regatta gets underway

The scene is set for a high-calibre Henley Royal Regatta, celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the first Regatta in 1839, with many Olympic and World Champions from around the world taking part.

The Great Britain Rowing Team was the top nation at the recent European Championships in Belgrade and eight of its crews will be competing in the top events at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Crews prepare at Henley Royal Regatta Credit: ITV Meridian

The British Eight, racing as Leander Club and University of London, are European Bronze Medallists and will meet the French National Eight, racing as Club France in a straight final. The winning crew will be the first to have their names engraved on the brand new base of The Grand Challenge Cup.

In The Queen Mother Challenge Cup for men’s quads the British World and European Silver Medallists, racing as Leander Club and Agecroft Rowing Club, will face tough opposition from the national crews from Australia, France and the Netherlands.

Crowds gather at Henley Royal Regatta Credit: ITV Meridian

The Remenham Challenge Cup for women’s eights has attracted national crews from Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands. The British Eight will be racing as Leander Club and Imperial College London. A total of 494 crews have entered this year’s Regatta.

The Chairman of the Committee of Management, Mike Sweeney, said “This year is the 175th Anniversary of the Regatta and I am delighted to welcome so many top crews from all around the world to help us to celebrate this special occasion. “


Students qualify for Henley Regatta

Rowing teammates: Zoe Taylor, Lauren Kedar, Xanthe and Annabel Stevens Credit: Peter Symonds College

A team of Hampshire students have qualified to be one of eight boats competing at Henley Regatta.

Xanthe Weatherhead and her crew from Reading Rowing Club qualified for one of the four remaining places at the world-recognised event.

With four pre-qualified crews, the team were up against 17 other squads, including international opponents from USA and Ireland, who hoped to win one of the four coveted remaining places on the Henley course.

The Reading Rowing Club are an average of two years younger than the remaining boats and have made history as the first female crew to ever qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta.

The girls will be competing in the quarter finals race at Henley this Friday.

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