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Woman raped as she walked home

Detectives are investigating after a woman was raped as she walked home in St Leonards in the early hours of Sunday.

The 19-year old woman was walking along a pavement between London Road and St Margaret's Road, having been out in Hastings.

She was grabbed from behind by a man who raped her, after which she ran off towards London Road, and the man did not appear to follow her.

She made her way home and the crime was reported to the police later that day.

"The suspect is described as about 5'9", with brown tanned skin, and had a beard. He was wearing a black hoody and a scarf. This was an horrific experience for the young woman, who is badly shocked. She is receiving support and expert counselling.

"If you were out and about in St Leonards in the early hours of Sunday, and saw what happened, or saw either the woman or the suspect, near Warrior Square, we do need to hear from you.

"Please contact us via or call 101, quoting Operation Platinum. There is no recent record of attacks like this in the area, but we want to find this man before he tries to carry out anything similar."

– Detective Inspector Hannah Willard

Man charged with serious sexual assault in Reading hotel

A man has been charged in connection with a rape investigation in Reading.

Kevin Breedon, who's 39, and of Great High Ground, St Neots in Cambridgeshire, has been charged with one count of rape of a woman 16 years of age or over.

It's in connection with an incident in Hillingdon Prince Hotel in Christchurch Road in the early hours of Thursday.

Breedon has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.


Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman in car

Samuel Tweddle has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for more than seven years after being found guilty of raping a woman.

Samuel Tweddle who's 23, of Kings Road, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.

A jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on the five counts that Tweddle had denied, which included a single count of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one of witness intimidation.

The offence took place in the early hours of Sunday, July 5th this year in a car on the Houndmills industrial estate in Basingstoke.

“This was a vicious and predatory attack against a lone female by a male who knew her.

“Sexual offences are treated very seriously by Hampshire Constabulary and we will investigate, charge and convict criminals responsible for such offending.

“The victim has shown great courage throughout this process and I hope that she can now move on from this terrible ordeal.”

– Detective Constable Craig Ferguson, of Basingstoke CID

Investigation launched after man raped in alleyway

Police are investigating the rape of a man who was attacked whilst out running in Crawley.

The 34-year old victim was out running on the morning of Friday 14th of August. When he reached an alleyway off Waterlea, in the Furnace Green area, he was attacked by a man who raped him before running off.

The victim was badly shaken but the incident was not reported to the police until Friday 18th September.

The suspect is described as white, about 6', wearing a grey hooded top and white trainers.

"If you were in the Furnace Green area early that Friday morning 14 August, between about 6.30am and 7am, whether jogging, walking the dog, or on your way to work, and saw anything suspicious, or if you have any other information, please contact us or call 101, quoting serial 856 of 18/09.

"You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow

Man arrested on suspicion of rape

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was assaulted at a park in Oxfordshire.

The victim, in her late teens was attacked at Princess Diana Park in Banbury just before 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

A 26 year old man is being questioned.

12-year-old raped by man she met on internet

Sussex Police are investigating a serious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl Credit: Sussex Police

Parents are being warned of the dangers of mobile phone social media apps after a 12-year-old girl was raped in Sussex by a man she met on the internet.

The schoolgirl had arranged to meet a man who said he was 18 after they had been in contact through two phone apps, Whisper and Kik.

The youngster first met the man when he picked her up from outside Goring railway station, West Sussex, in a silver/grey Fiat Punto at 3pm on June 5.

They drove to a car par at the end of Angmering High Street where they kissed before the man dropped her off in Worthing. Then two days later, at about midday on June 7, the pair met again outside Tesco Express in Rectory Road, Worthing, before he drove her to the same place in Angmering where they walked to a nearby wooded area where they had sexual intercourse, only stopping when they saw dog walkers nearby.

The incidents were not reported to Sussex Police until June 25.

"This is is a clear case of a naive, vulnerable and trusting 12-year old girl being groomed online by a manipulative older man, whose exact age is not yet clear. He is described as white, aged about 18, about 6'1" and of slim build, with short black hair in a quiff. Do you recall seeing them or the car at any point in Worthing or Angmering on those days ? If you did, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call us on 101, quoting serial 1356 of 25/06. This case is another example of what can result from unwary and unsupervised use of the web by young people who need to be really careful in their contacts with people they do not know."

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds


Appeal after serious sexual assault

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following a rape in Deddington, near Banbury.

Police were called at 00.20am yesterday to Church Street in Deddington.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was found in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul Church, Church Street, Deddington.

“Today extra police patrols will be in Deddington to reassure the local community after this distressing incident. I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as the investigation continues and I would appeal to anyone who has any information to talk to the officers in the village or call Thames Valley Police on 101.”

– Supt Kath Lowe, LPA Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire

Appeal after serious sexual assault

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a woman was raped in Bournemouth.

The incident happened at around 11.20pm last night near to St Swithuns Road.

The victim, an 18-year-old local woman, was waiting at the bus stop outside the Texaco garage on Holdenhurst Road at around 11.10pm when she was approached by a man.

She was then led by the offender down St Swithuns Road to a car park where she was raped.

The offender is described as white, about 30 years old, five feet six inches tall and with short brown hair. He was wearing a red coat with white stripes down the arms and dark jeans. He spoke broken English with a non-British accent.

The victim and offender are not known to each other.

No arrests have been made.

“I am appealing to anyone who has information about this incident to contact me urgently. I am keen to hear from anybody who was in the area at the relevant times who saw or heard something suspicious. I would also urge anyone who recognises the description of the suspect to come forward. This was a traumatic attack for the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers. I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this serious nature are very rare in Dorset.”

– Detective Constable Ross Graham, of Bournemouth CID

Hampshire Police to pay rape victim £20,000

Hampshire Police has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a report.

Hampshire Constabulary has reached an agreement with the woman, named only as Laura, after she began proceedings against the force under the Human Rights Act.

She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in 2012 after forensic tests on her clothes 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 the initial handling of the case had been "poor". He was quoted as saying: "We have already personally apologised to the victim and her mother and I repeat here now that we are sorry for how we let her down.

"The initial officers involved did not treat this victim in a way that she or any other victim would deserve to be treated. We deeply regret this."

Addressing other sexual assault victims, he added: "We do believe you, we appreciate how hard it is to come forward to report these offences ... we are doing everything to ensure we never have an initial response like this again."

Rapist jailed for eight years

Emmanuel Mutandi has been sentenced to eight years in prison Credit: Dorset Police

A man who raped and assaulted a woman in Bournemouth has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Emmanuel Mutandi, 22, from Bedfordshire, was found guilty of rape and assault at Bournemouth Crown Court today.

The court heard how Mutandi approached his victim at around 4.30am on Saturday 2 August 2014 along Southcote Road, Bournemouth.

He offered her £40 for sex, before he left to get money from a cash machine. When he returned they both went to a nearby church yard where he instead offered the victim £20. She protested and refused full intercourse, but agreed to perform another sexual act.

The victim then tried to walk away before Mutandi raped her and then punched her in the head, face and arms. He then demanded his money back.

The victim managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby house before she was taken to hospital.

“This was a vicious attack. It took great courage for the victim to come forward, report this crime and support the prosecution. I hope that this case shows that police take such allegations seriously and will fully support victims. I encourage any victims of sexual assault to come forward.”

– Detective Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID
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