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Formal apology after 'mistakes made' in rape investigation

Anne-Marie took her own life Credit: ITV

The Royal Military Police (RMP) has formally apologised to the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate the allegation of rape she made two years before taking her own life.

She was found dead at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire in 2011.

In a statement released today, the RMP – the Army’s internal police force – admits that “mistakes were made” in the investigation and that “Anne-Marie deserved better”.

Anne-Marie was an RMP police officer. In 2009, while serving in Germany, she alleged that she had been raped by two colleagues.

Despite the fact that all involved were RMP staff, her allegation was investigated by the RMP themselves. An Army prosecutor decided no charges would be brought – a decision that devastated Anne-Marie.

Two years later, after suffering bullying – and what the Coroner at her inquest called “work related despair” – she took her own life.


Teenager raped in nightclub

Police are investigating a report of rape that occurred at Moo Moos nightclub in Newton Road, Tunbridge Well.

An 18-year old woman has told detectives she was attacked in the toilets of the club between 1.30am and 2.30am on Friday, 19 August 2016.

The attacker is described as a white man with brown hair, wearing dark jeans and a short sleeve T-shirt.

Officers have seized CCTV from the nightclub and enquiries are continuing.

Investigation underway after woman sexually assaulted

Detectives are investigating after a woman was raped as she walked near Devil's Dyke in Sussex in the very early hours of June 20th.

A 22-year-old woman from Hove, had left the Shepherd and Dog Pub in Fulking at 9.30pm on Sunday and contacted a friend to say she was walking near Devil's Dyke. When she didn't return to her friends house as expected, he rang police concerned.

Officers found her on Devil's Dyke Road. She told officer she had been punched in the face and raped by a man in a car park off Devil's Dyke Road between 11.30pm and 12.30am.

"We are offering the woman support as she is clearly very distressed by what happened.

"The victim describes the man as about 6' 2". She said there were two cars parked in the car park where the incident happened but didn't see anyone in the cars.

"We are appealing to anyone who saw a woman walking between Fulking and Devil's Dyke or who was in one of the cars in the car park late on Sunday or the early hours of Monday."

– Detective Sergeant Mike Butler

Woman raped as she walked home

Detectives are investigating after a woman was raped as she walked home in St Leonards in the early hours of Sunday.

The 19-year old woman was walking along a pavement between London Road and St Margaret's Road, having been out in Hastings.

She was grabbed from behind by a man who raped her, after which she ran off towards London Road, and the man did not appear to follow her.

She made her way home and the crime was reported to the police later that day.

"The suspect is described as about 5'9", with brown tanned skin, and had a beard. He was wearing a black hoody and a scarf. This was an horrific experience for the young woman, who is badly shocked. She is receiving support and expert counselling.

"If you were out and about in St Leonards in the early hours of Sunday, and saw what happened, or saw either the woman or the suspect, near Warrior Square, we do need to hear from you.

"Please contact us via or call 101, quoting Operation Platinum. There is no recent record of attacks like this in the area, but we want to find this man before he tries to carry out anything similar."

– Detective Inspector Hannah Willard

Man charged with serious sexual assault in Reading hotel

A man has been charged in connection with a rape investigation in Reading.

Kevin Breedon, who's 39, and of Great High Ground, St Neots in Cambridgeshire, has been charged with one count of rape of a woman 16 years of age or over.

It's in connection with an incident in Hillingdon Prince Hotel in Christchurch Road in the early hours of Thursday.

Breedon has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.


Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman in car

Samuel Tweddle has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for more than seven years after being found guilty of raping a woman.

Samuel Tweddle who's 23, of Kings Road, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.

A jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on the five counts that Tweddle had denied, which included a single count of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one of witness intimidation.

The offence took place in the early hours of Sunday, July 5th this year in a car on the Houndmills industrial estate in Basingstoke.

“This was a vicious and predatory attack against a lone female by a male who knew her.

“Sexual offences are treated very seriously by Hampshire Constabulary and we will investigate, charge and convict criminals responsible for such offending.

“The victim has shown great courage throughout this process and I hope that she can now move on from this terrible ordeal.”

– Detective Constable Craig Ferguson, of Basingstoke CID

Investigation launched after man raped in alleyway

Police are investigating the rape of a man who was attacked whilst out running in Crawley.

The 34-year old victim was out running on the morning of Friday 14th of August. When he reached an alleyway off Waterlea, in the Furnace Green area, he was attacked by a man who raped him before running off.

The victim was badly shaken but the incident was not reported to the police until Friday 18th September.

The suspect is described as white, about 6', wearing a grey hooded top and white trainers.

"If you were in the Furnace Green area early that Friday morning 14 August, between about 6.30am and 7am, whether jogging, walking the dog, or on your way to work, and saw anything suspicious, or if you have any other information, please contact us or call 101, quoting serial 856 of 18/09.

"You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow

Man arrested on suspicion of rape

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was assaulted at a park in Oxfordshire.

The victim, in her late teens was attacked at Princess Diana Park in Banbury just before 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

A 26 year old man is being questioned.

12-year-old raped by man she met on internet

Sussex Police are investigating a serious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl Credit: Sussex Police

Parents are being warned of the dangers of mobile phone social media apps after a 12-year-old girl was raped in Sussex by a man she met on the internet.

The schoolgirl had arranged to meet a man who said he was 18 after they had been in contact through two phone apps, Whisper and Kik.

The youngster first met the man when he picked her up from outside Goring railway station, West Sussex, in a silver/grey Fiat Punto at 3pm on June 5.

They drove to a car par at the end of Angmering High Street where they kissed before the man dropped her off in Worthing. Then two days later, at about midday on June 7, the pair met again outside Tesco Express in Rectory Road, Worthing, before he drove her to the same place in Angmering where they walked to a nearby wooded area where they had sexual intercourse, only stopping when they saw dog walkers nearby.

The incidents were not reported to Sussex Police until June 25.

"This is is a clear case of a naive, vulnerable and trusting 12-year old girl being groomed online by a manipulative older man, whose exact age is not yet clear. He is described as white, aged about 18, about 6'1" and of slim build, with short black hair in a quiff. Do you recall seeing them or the car at any point in Worthing or Angmering on those days ? If you did, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call us on 101, quoting serial 1356 of 25/06. This case is another example of what can result from unwary and unsupervised use of the web by young people who need to be really careful in their contacts with people they do not know."

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds
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