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Man admits raping woman nearly 30 years ago

David Mears Credit: CPS

A 60-year-old man has admitted raping, indecently assaulting and imprisoning a young woman in her Swindon home in 1987 - almost 30 years ago.

David Mears, from Plymouth, pleaded guilty to all three charges at Swindon Crown Court.

The case has been adjourned for psychiatric reports and sentencing is due to take place on Friday 8 July 2016 at Swindon Crown Court.

On Wednesday 12 August 1987 David Mears broke into a property in Swindon and carried out a vicious sexual assault on a 16 year old woman. An investigation was launched at the time but no one was convicted.

– Detective Inspector Mark Power

Detective Inspector Power explained that as part of a review of cold cases, new evidence was discovered through modern forensic methods.

He added that Wiltshire Police is prioritising the victim's welfare and is ensuring she is provided with specialist support.

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Man charged in connection with historic teenage rape

A man has been charged in connection with a rape which happened almost 30 years ago.

Cold case officers have been investigating the case after police were not able to link anybody to an attack on a 16-year-old girl by an intruder who broke into her home in Swindon in 1987.

Despite an initial investigation no-one was arrested, but detectives say modern forensic methods have now unearthed new clues.

David John Mears, 60, from Plymouth, has been charged with rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault - carried out in Swindon on 12 August 1987. He remains in police custody.

The victim, now a middle-aged woman, is working closely with officers.

Man arrested on suspicion of historic teenage rape

A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl almost 30 years ago.

Cold case officers have been investigating the case after police were not able to link anybody to an attack on the 16-year-old by an intruder who broke into her home in Swindon in 1987.

Despite an initial investigation no-one was arrested, but detectives say modern forensic methods have now unearthed new clues.

The 60-year-old man was arrested in Plymouth on suspicion of rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment and taken into custody in Swindon.

The victim, now a middle-aged woman, is working closely with officers.

The team have reviewed the case and new evidence has been discovered through the use of modern forensic methods.

These methods were not available to officers 30 years ago but advances in technology have now enabled us to take this case forward.

The welfare of the victim is our priority and we are ensuring that she is provided specialist support throughout.

– Detective Inspector Mark Power, Wiltshire Police

Missing Swindon family found safe and well

Robert and Suphan Goodman and their son James Credit: Wiltshire Police

A family of three who went missing in Swindon three weeks ago have been found safe and well.

Robert and Suphan Goodman and their son James hadn't been seen since the 21st March, but were located by Wiltshire Police officers around 10pm on April 11.

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