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Police force 'agrees to pay rape victim £20,000'

A police force has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her £20,000 after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a BBC report.

Hampshire Constabulary agreed the out-of-court settlement with the woman, named only as Laura, after she began proceedings against the force under the Human Rights Act, according to the report.

Hampshire Constabulary has reportedly apologised to the rape victim. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in 2012 after forensic tests on her clothes reportedly did not return a result. But the Crown Prosecution Service ordered it to be re-tested and her attacker was eventually jailed for five years in 2013.

Chief Superintendent David Powell admitted to the BBC that the initial handling of the case had been "poor".

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