An investigation is underway after a woman was raped in Bournemouth town centre.

A woman, in her 40s, was found with injuries in Central Gardens at 6.12am on Wednesday.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment, her condition is described as stable.

She had been walking through the gardens at around 5.40am when she was approached from behind by a man, who assaulted and raped her.

A cordon has been put in place in the gardens to allow officers to examine the scene.

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The victim has been subjected to a horrific ordeal and is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team
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