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Appeal for witnesses following rape in Brighton

Police are appealing for information after a 22-year-old woman was raped on the beach directly in front of the Coalition night club, Kings Road Arches, Brighton.

The attack took place in the early hours of Saturday (4 October). The suspect is aged about 25, with olive skin, of medium build and with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark blue or black "puffa" style sleeveless jacket over a light-coloured long-sleeved top and jeans. He spoke with a foreign accent which was possibly Middle Eastern.

Anyone who noticed the suspect or his victim. or who may have other relevant information, is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 451 of 7/10.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man charged in connection with Oxford rape

Thames Valley Police has today charged a 41-year-old man in connection with a rape in Headington, Oxford.

Catalin Horhota, of no fixed abode, was charged with one count of rape; one count of attempted rape; two counts of sexual assault on a female; one count of burglary dwelling and theft; and one count of exposure.

The charges are in connection with incidents in a property in Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, on Saturday, in South Park on Sunday, in Abingdon police station yesterday and a burglary in Morrell Avenue, Oxford, on Thursday.

Horhota was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today.

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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.

Police appeal after woman followed into flats and raped

Thames Valley Police is investigating Credit: PA

Police in Oxford are appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape at flats in Headington in the early hours of Saturday.

The woman's attacker followed her and attacked her between 2am and 3am, before raping her and leaving the scene.

The offender is described as white, aged in his forties to fifties, of skinny to medium build, and has grey hair. He was wearing a dark jacket which had a hood, a grey shirt and dark blue jeans.

The attack is not being linked to a separate report of a rape in Brewer Street, Oxford, also in the early hours of Saturday. A 21 year old man is currently being questioned in connection with THAT incident.

Det Insp Larry Johnson said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about the incident, or anyone who saw a man in the area matching the description of the offender, to speak to police. An investigation is underway and, at the time, the victim is being supported."

Investigation launched after woman raped in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape in Oxford.

At approximately 2am today an 18-year-old woman walked down St Ebbes Street with a man she had met in a nightclub earlier in the evening. They entered Brewer Street where the man raped her. The woman left Brewer Street at around 2.30am.

A scene watch is currently in place in the area of Brewer Street and St Ebbes Street while officers examine the area.

The offender is described as black, aged in his twenties with short black hair. He was wearing dark grey jeans and a light grey T-shirt.

"We take all reports of this nature seriously and a thorough investigation is now in progress. Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances of what happened and to locate the offender. The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers. If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the area which could help us with this investigation please contact us. Our Neighbourhood Team is aware of the incident and officers will be in the area. If anyone has any concerns please approach an officer.”

– Det Sgt Nicole Murphy, from Oxford Force CID

Woman raped while jogging in Abingdon

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a report of a rape in Abingdon.

Between 8.30pm and 8.45pm yesterday, a woman in her twenties was jogging on a bridleway adjacent to the A34 in Drayton, when a man approached her, pulled her to the ground and raped her.

“We take all incidents of this nature very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation. Officers are working with the victim today to establish exactly what happened and to locate the offender. If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the Drayton area last night which could help us with this investigation, no matter how insignificant they might think their information is, please contact us immediately. Incidents of this nature are extremely rare, but if anyone has any concerns or questions, please speak to officers who are in the area today conducting enquiries, or call 101. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Insp Roddy on the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101."

– Det Insp Louise Roddy, from Force CID

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Man arrested in connection with rape in Bournemouth

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an alleged rape in the Boscombe area of the town – with a man being arrested.

The incident happened at approximately 5:30am on Saturday 2 August 2014 in the grounds of St Clements Church.

The victim, a 33-year-old Bournemouth woman, sustained facial injuries as a result of the incident.

A 22-year-old man from Bedfordshire was arrested on suspicion of rape and is helping officers with their enquiries.

“This incident left the victim very distressed. I am keen to speak with anyone who may have seen a black man, of medium build, approximately 5 foot 4 inches tall, with short black hair and wearing a white woolly jumper, in the area around Southcote Road, St Clements Church and Knole Road between 4am and 6am on Saturday 2 August 2014.”

– Detective Sergeant Andy Bell, of Bournemouth CID

Man jailed after falsely claiming another man raped him

A man who wasted hundreds of hours of police time after he falsely accused someone of raping him has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Fisher told Kent Police he had been raped by another man in an Otford car park in 2012. But an investigation by detectives found he had made up the allegations, in order to seek revenge for a friend.

As a result of the allegations Fisher made, a man in his 30's was arrested as he returned from a holiday with his family.

During police interviews, Fisher admitted the allegations had been entirely fabricated and that he had never even met the man he had accused of raping him. He said his victim had previously made a complaint to police about one of his friends. Because of this, he wanted him to experience being arrested and the impact this would have on his life.

Kent Police Detective Constable Jeremy Taylor said:

We treat every allegation rape very seriously and work tirelessly to secure the evidence to prosecute offenders.

In this instance, Fisher clearly perverted the course of justice by inventing false claims about being raped. His reckless actions have not only caused huge distress to the person identified as a suspect, but they have also wasted an estimated 200 hours of police time, at least. This is valuable time which could have been used to help genuine victims of crime.

– Detetive Constable Jeremy Taylor

Fake taxi driver jailed for 11 years for rape

A fake taxi driver who raped a woman in Godstone has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to 11 years in prison.Paul Michael Causer, of Barfleur Lane, Deptford, was found guilty last month of the serious sexual assault in Bone Mill Lane, Godstone on 3 August last year.

He picked up his 31-year-old victim from Shoreditch in east London in the early hours of the morning and drove her to the dead end road where he stopped after pretending his vehicle had a problem.

The 39-year-old then forced himself on the victim and after assaulting her, dumped her at the roadside.

Paul Causer has been jailed for eleven years Credit: Surrey Police

Before the trial he admitted 3 counts of attempted theft after he tried to withdraw hundreds of pounds by using the victim’s bank card. He received an eight month sentence for the attempted thefts, which will run concurrently with the 11 years for the charge of rape.

The victim has warned others about staying safe on a night out following her ordeal."The past year has been a nightmare and I am now grateful it is all over but the message I would like to remind people is not to get into an unlicensed taxi.

"Despite being aware of the warnings, this was never something that I thought would happen to me. The horror of that night will affect me for the rest of my life.”

E-fit released of man accused of rape in Hove

Police have released this e-fit of a man suspected of rape in Hove Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are hoping this e-fit of a man, suspected of a rape in Hove, will jog people's memories and help find him.

At around 10:30pm on Tuesday 29th April, the 51-year-old victim was walking home from a pub on Brunswick Street West when he met a man at the junction of Western Road and Lansdowne Street.

They got chatting and went back to the man's flat where he was raped.

Detective Sergeant Alex Evans said, "The victim was subject to an extremely nasty attack where a weapon was used. He is extremely distressed by what happened and he is being supported by specially trained officers."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1417 of 30/4.

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