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Serious sexual assault in Reading

A man has been arrested this morning following a report of a serious sexual assault in Reading.

At around 1.10pm yesterday a woman in her thirties reported that earlier that day she had been serious sexually assaulted by a man at an address in Tilehurst Road.

Officers carrying out an investigation into the incident have this morning arrested a 49-year-old man from Reading on suspicion of sexual assault and he is currently in custody.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Man jailed for sex attack on teenager

Steven Kinsella has been sentenced to seven years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A Rochester man who carried out a predatory sexual attack on a lone teenage woman in the early hours of the morning has been convicted by a jury and locked up.

Steven Kinsella, 38, denied he followed the woman and then assaulted her as she walked to a party following a night out in Rochester on 20th September last year.

However, a jury at Maidstone Crown Court found him guilty of sexual assault and he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment with an extended licence period of two years. He will also register as a sex offender for life.

The jury heard the 18-year-old woman had been on a night out with friends in the city centre before leaving them at about 2am to go to a party at a nearby address.

She began making her way along Crow Lane in the direction of Maidstone Road when she felt she was being followed by a man pushing a bike.

As she walked on, he got closer to her and asked if she was having a good night and whether she had a boyfriend. The victim was texting a friend at the time, saying she felt she was being followed.

Just as she made her way along Maidstone Road, Kinsella grabbed her from behind and pulled her backwards, before pushing her to the floor.

He pinned her to the ground with his hand round her throat before sexually assaulting her. He then got on his bike and left the area.

The victim got up and ran into some friends nearby.

Detectives investigating the report trawled CCTV and saw Kinsella sitting on a nearby park bench before the attack and then follow the victim as she walked towards Maidstone Road.

A witness came forward and positively identified him in an ID procedure.

Kinsella denied he committed the offence during a police interview and refused to admit he was the man captured on CCTV.

"I cannot begin to comprehend what the victim went through and the impact this will undoubtedly have had on her. Kinsella had been hanging around the area and it is clear he targeted and followed this lone woman with the intent on causing her harm. Kinsella is no doubt a danger to the public and the community can rest assured he will be behind bars for a significant period of time. While he still refused to admit what is a truly abhorrent crime, we were able to put together a comprehensive case using all tools available to us and I am pleased it was enough for a jury to convict him. I also welcome the sentence, which ensures he will be off the streets for a number of years and no longer poses a threat to the community."

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Gary Seamark of Kent Police


Police appeal for witnesses after a sex attack in Wendover

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old boy was subjected to a sex attack in Wendover. Officers said the youngster was walking in Bacombe Lane, close to a bridleway when a man approached him and assaulted him, before running off.

Neighbourhood patrols are taking place in the area and enquires are ongoing.

The offender is described as a white man aged approximately 40, with stubble on his face. He was wearing a grey and black diamond-patterned hooded top, dark blue jeans and black shoes.

Det Insp Ben Gasson said: “I am appealing for anyone who saw a man matching this description or anyone seen acting suspiciously in this area to contact police.

“The victim was not hurt during the incident but has understandably been left shaken."

Police seek BMX rider after sex attack

Police say they are hunting for a man who carried out a sexual assault on a young woman in Eastbourne.

On Thursday, at about 8.40pm, the local woman was walking home from work along St Philips Avenue when she stopped and sat on a wall outside the electricity sub-station to make a phone call.

While there, she was approached four times by a young man on a BMX-style cycle, who threatened her and then carried out a sexual assault, before eventually riding away.

Nothing was stolen and the victim did not require medical treatment. Police say they are looking for witnesses to come forward.

The suspect is described as tanned, about 17, with dark hair and a fringe across his face. He was wearing a red black and grey checked hooded top.

Officers say they are not linking the attack with three similar assualts in the town during September, but the "possibility is being borne in mind".

This incident, like the other three, did not result in injury, but it was very frightening for the victim, and isolated offenders of this type need to be caught as soon as possible."

– Det Sgnt Gavin Patch