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Appeal for witnesses in rape investigation in Oxford

Alert message sent 16/07/2020 11:04:00

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Thames Valley Police has launched a rape investigation following an incident in Oxford last night (15/7).

The victim, a woman aged in her thirties, was walking on Abingdon Road at around 11.50pm when she was approached by an unknown man near to the junction with Gordon Woodward Way.

She was pulled into a wooded area where the man subjected her to a rape.

The offender then left the scene.

He is described as a tall white man, of skinny build and aged in his forties.

He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector James Mather, of Oxford CID, said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation, and we currently have a scene-watch in place opposite the Travelodge on Abingdon Road at the junction with Gordon Woodward Way.

“I fully appreciate the concern that this will cause in the local community, and we are investigating this incident with the utmost priority.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area throughout the day, and I would urge anybody who has any information or concerns to please speak to one of our officers at the scene.

“I am also asking anybody who has any information relating to this incident, or believes that they witnessed anything that can assist this investigation to please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 or report online via our website, quoting reference number 43200216757.

“I would also urge anybody who was driving in the area and has dash-cam in their vehicles to please look at this and contact police if it has captured anything that can help this investigation.

“If you do not wish to speak directly with police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“The victim is currently being supported by specially trained officers and will continue to be at the forefront of this investigation.

“A number of area searches and enquiries have already been conducted.

“I would like to assure the community that we will continue to thoroughly investigate this incident, and I would re-iterate if you have any concerns or information, please don’t hesitate to speak to officers.”
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