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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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Missing kayaker : Body found

HM Coastguard had been searching since last night Credit: ITV

Police assisting in the search for missing kayaker, 54-year-old Stephen Taylor, can confirm a body has been located.

Mr Taylor’s family have been notified and are being supported by officers.

Formal identification procedures have not yet taken place.

A search operation got under way last night after Mr Taylor's wife became concerned that he hadn't arrived home.

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Police name missing kayaker as search continues

Police have named a canoeist who has gone missing in the Solent as 54-year-old Stephen Taylor.

A search was launched last night for Stephen Taylor. Credit: ITV Meridian

Mr Taylor, of Newbroke Road in Gosport left Lee-on-Solent, at around 11.30am yesterday morning in his blue coloured kayak with the intention of paddling to Lepe beach in the Southampton area.

The experienced canoeist's partner alerted police when he failed to return home.

Mr Taylor is believed to be wearing a wetsuit, a light blue coloured long sleeved top, navy blue life jacket with a red detail and a beige sun hat.

A passing vessel is believed to have seen Mr Taylor at 10.50pm last night, Hampshire Police added.

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