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Detectives appeal to anonymous rape victim

Police are appealing to a rape victim who wrote an anonymous letter to get in touch.

The victim claimed she was raped in Taunton in 1968. She had been walking home when she was offered a lift and was then taken to a quiet location and attacked.

The details have been taken from an anonymous letter sent to the police and detectives are now trying to investigate it.

First contact from the victim was received in 2012 when she contacted the Crimestoppers charity but at that time there was too little information for an investigation.

Rapist sentenced to 3 and a half years

A 23 year old Bristol man has been jailed for three and a half years for a rape and two sexual assaults in Bristol, Essex and London.

Lee King from Lawrence Weston was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault against a woman and a 15-year old girl.

23 year old Lee King from Bristol has been convicted of rape and sexual assault. Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary


5 years for attempted rape in Bristol

A man has been jailed for 5 years for an attempted rape in Bristol.

Dean Norris pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to rape and sexually assaulting a woman as she walked her dog at woodland in Shirehampton in September.

The 25 year old from the St George area of Bristol will also serve an extended three-year licence following the prison sentence and has been placed on the sex offenders' register.

Dean Norris has been jailed for 5 years for an attempted rape in Bristol Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

"No excuse for rape"

A campaign has begun to try to alter perceptions that some victims are sometimes partly to blame for being raped.

Bristol city council has unveiled four hard-hitting posters.

They will be going up on billboards, be put on leaflets and on line to give the message there is no excuse for rape.

The project is taking place in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens


New sexual assault support centre announced

The centre for Avon and Somerset is one of four announced today Credit: ITV News West Country

A new support centre for victims of rape and sexual assault has been announced for Avon and Somerset.

The centre is one of four announced by the Government, and will be backed by £4 million pounds worth of funding. They will open within the next year, bringing the total number of centres across England and Wales to 78.

Around 473,000 women and men are sexually assaulted each year, according to recent figures, with one in 20 women reported as being a victim of a serious sexual offence. But only 54,000 sexual offences are recorded by police on average each year.

Since the 2010 coalition agreement, nine new centres have opened in Northumbria, Leeds, Southend, Suffolk and mid-Wales Hereford, Devon, Dorset and Trafford.