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Brighton rapist given 8 years

A Brighton man has been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment after he raped a 13-year-old girl.

DNA convicts rapist to eight years

Rapist Alexander McGuire begins an eight year jail sentence, 26 years after the crime, after DNA evidence helps convict him.

DNA leads to sex attack sentencing

A sex attacker acquitted of rape in 1986 will be sentenced for the crime in Windsor today, following the discovery of DNA evidence.

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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

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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.

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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.

Second arrest made in connection with Bagshot rape

Detectives investigating a reported rape in Bagshot on Friday have arrested a second male in connection with the incident.

A woman in her 40s told officers she was attacked at around 2.50pm after being approached as she walked along a footpath in the woods between the vicinity of Esher Road and the Pennyhill Park Hotel. A 16-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently is custody.

As part of ongoing enquiries we have tonight made a second arrest in connection with this incident. However this remains a live investigation and I am still keen that any witnesses who were in the local area between 2pm and 4pm on Friday and saw anything suspicious come forward with any information.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Bacon

Man arrested over reported rape released without charge

A man arrested yesterday afternoon, in connection with a reported rape has been released with no further action.

The 19-year-old man has been eliminated from enquiries being carried out by detectives investigating the rape, which took place in Bagshot on Friday afternoon.

A woman in her 40s told officers she was attacked at around 2.50pm after being approached as she walked along a footpath in the woods between Esher Road and Pennyhill Park Hotel.

She was physically attacked by the offender who then carried out the serious sexual assault.

The attacker is described as a white man, aged between 16 and 19, approximately 5ft 5inches tall with short, light coloured hair. He was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a white T-shirt and had a bag over his shoulder.

The man who we arrested yesterday has been released and our enquiries continue to try and identify the person responsible. This was a brazen offence which took place in broad daylight and was a terrifying experience for the victim. I am appealing for anyone who was in the area on Friday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm and may have seen either a man matching the description or any suspicious activity to come forward. I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to catch whoever was responsible for this crime."

– Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Bacon

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Man arrested in connection with rape investigation

Detectives investigating a reported rape in Bagshot have arrested a man in connection with the incident. A woman in her 40s told officers she was attacked at around 2.50pm on Friday after being approached as she walked along a footpath in the woods between Esher Road and Pennyhill Park Hotel.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently is custody. Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Bacon, said: "As part of ongoing enquiries we have this afternoon made an arrest in connection with this incident. However this remains a live investigation.

"I am still keen that any witnesses who were in the local area between 2pm and 4pm yesterday and saw anything suspicious come forward with any information.”

Woman raped in woods in Surrey

Detectives are appealing for the public's help after a woman has reported she was raped in a wooded area in Bagshot yesterday afternoon.

It happened at around 3pm when the victim, who is in her 40s, walked along a footpath in the woods between the vicinity of Esher Road and the Pennyhill Park Hotel.

She was physically attacked by the offender who then carried out the serious sexual assault. The victim screamed for help and the man fled the scene.

The attacker is described as a white man, aged between 16 and 19, approximately 5ft 5inches tall with short, light coloured hair. He was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a white T-shirt and had a bag over his shoulder.

This was a brazen offence which took place in broad daylight and was a terrifying experience for the victim. She has understandably been left extremely traumatised and is currently being supported by specialist officers. I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to catch whoever was responsible for this crime. This type of incident is thankfully rare but will no doubt cause concern in the local community and we are working closely with residents through the local Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be providing reassurance patrols and visits in the area."

– Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Bacon

Investigations underway into rape in Brighton

Investigations are underway into the rape of a 51-year-old man in Brighton.

Police have released this e-fit of a man they'd like to speak to. The victim was walking home from a pub when he was assaulted - he was also attacked with a weapon.

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Police want to speak to this man in connection with a rape in Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

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.

"The suspect is described as white, about 50-years-old with dark hair. We are appealing to anyone who might recognise this man and have any details about what happened before they met. Did you see this man on Western Road or in the area?"

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