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Teenager 'dragged into woodland and raped'

UPDATE: Local suspect eliminated from inquiries

An 18-year-old woman was dragged from the roadside into woodland and raped in a horrific attack shortly after she left a village railway station in Berkshire.

The victim was dragged into woodland off Majors Farm Road Credit: ITV Meridian

The woman was walking away from Datchet railway station at about 10.10pm on Wednesday when she was approached by a man.

Police said she initially tried to ignore his advances, but after a few minutes he grabbed her and dragged her to a wooded area at the junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road.

Thames Valley Police said the woman was being supported by specialist officers.

The attacker is described as an Asian man of average build, aged about 35 to 45. He had receding black hair which was longer on top but shorter on the sides, and a prominent nose.

Police cordoned off an area of woodland Credit: ITV Meridian

He was holding an umbrella and wearing a smart jacket or blazer, a dark patterned scarf and blue jeans.

This is an extremely detailed description of the offender and I am hoping that someone will recognise the man and contact police immediately.

We are conducting a thorough investigation but we need the help of the public to bring the perpetrator to justice.

– Det Insp Stuart Brangwin, Thames Valley Police

Detectives have urged witnesses or anyone with information to contact police.

Police search river for missing man

Search teams are trying to find a man who's missing after getting into difficulty in the Jubilee River in Datchet in Berkshire.

Police were called shortly after 7pm yesterday evening to a report of people having entered the river at The Myrke.

One man is believed to have got in to difficulties in the water and is yet to be located.

Officers have been liaising with partner agencies and search activity is being carried out to attempt to locate the man.

“It is understood that some members of the public are attempting to search near the Jubilee River for the man who is yet to be located. I would like to advise anyone who is doing this that they do not enter the water as this could put them in danger. They should search from the bank only and, if they see anything they think is significant, they should speak to a police officer at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who can assist police enquiries should speak to an officer at the scene or call 101.”

– Supt Kate Ford, LPA Commander for Windsor and Maidenhead


Power restored after cuts in flooded area of Datchet

A Scottish & Southern Energy spokesperson has said that power has been restored to 1,700 homes in Datchet in Berkshire, which lost energy at around 8pm last night.

Power was returned in stages throughout the evening. The firm said that all properties were connected by half past midnight.

The spokesperson said energy was returned within a relatively short time considering the logistical challenges due to the flooding in the area.

The firm thanked customers for their patience throughout the repairs. The problem was a cable fault. The spokesperson said that while there was nothing definitive to say the cable fault was to do with the flooding, that could not be ruled out at this stage.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: SURREY / BERKSHIRE South West trains - line blocked Staines, Windsor, Eton Riverside

Following severe flooding at Datchet, the line between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside is blocked. Due to the roads in the area being flooded, it is not possible to operate a replacement Bus service at this time.

First Great Western will accept South West Trains tickets via any reasonable route, primarily between Windsor & Eton Central and London Paddington via Slough. London Underground will accept passengers between Paddington and Waterloo.