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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.

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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Man jailed for 20 years for rape

Stephen Edwards Credit: Sussex Police

Stephen Edwards was found guilty of raping 46 year-old Pauline Jenkins who was found dead at her home in Brighton in 2011. Edwards was given a 20 year sentence. He'll serve 13 years in jail and may serve the following seven years on licence.

Edwards denied raping Pauline Jenkins who was found dead at her home in Woodingdean on 7 February 2011. He was also found not guilty of raping a 51 year-old woman he had met in 2010 in Brighton.

In another trial at Lewes Crown Court in 2011, Edwards was found guilty of two counts of rape against a 46 year-old woman he knew in Brighton dating back between 1995 and 1996.

False rape claim lands woman 2 years in prison

A woman who falsely claimed she was raped in Brighton has been jailed for 2 years.

Sharlene James was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after sparking fear that a serial sex attacker was at large in the city.

Whilst at Lewes Crown Court yesterday, the jury heard how she claimed to have been pulled into the New Steine community gardens and raped by a man who tried to talk to her.

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes said, "Police were already investigating a number of incidents in the Kemp Town area when this allegation was made.

"As in all cases, we took this very seriously and were quick to respond.

"On launching an extensive investigation we quickly concluded that this offence did not take place and aside from raising unnecessary anxiety and alarm, many hours were wasted that could have been put to better use investigating genuine reports of crime."

sharlene James, 26, has been sent to jail for 2 years for perverting the course of justice Credit: Sussex Police

Police investigating rape look at CCTV

Police investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman in a doorway in Brighton are searching through CCTV to try to identify a man seen leaving a nightclub with her minutes earlier.

Officers now know the victim left the Coalition nightclub with a white man at about 3.30am on Tuesday 28 January.

Last night police returned to the area to speak to clubbers a week after the attack.

The victim was on a night out with friends when she was attacked in a doorway near the seafront.

The victim is uncertain exactly where the assault happened but detectives believe it was in the area around Middle Street, Kings Road and the southern end of West Street.

We know the victim leaves Coalition with a white man and they initially head towards Hove. What we don't know at this stage is where they go or where the attack takes place. It's possible that the victim doubled back on herself after leaving the club. We're looking at CCTV recorded in the area to try to trace her movements and identify who the man who left the club with her is. We urgently need to speak to him and would urge him or anyone who knows him to contact us."

– Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford

Woman claimed she was raped to cover up affair

A woman claimed she was raped to cover up an affair.

Jessica Gore, of Curtis Road, Ashford, has been given an eight month suspended prison sentence after admitting falsely claiming she had been raped by a stranger in the town.

Gore had been seeing another man and the claim of rape had been made up as an excuse to her husband for her returning home late.

Detective Inspector Richard Vickery said: ‘This is a very serious type of offence and by its very means strikes fear into the hearts of women, undermining actual victims

"Gore had lied to family, friends and the police and her deception was uncovered by the police investigation and not her own admission."

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