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Re-appeal for information following rape - Botley

Thursday 12 January 2017, 8:12am

Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for information and witnesses following a rape in Botley.

Between about 7.45pm and 8.10pm on Tuesday (10/1) a woman was walking along Harcourt Hill, Botley.

She was approached from behind by a man who was holding a knife.

He then took the victim to Raleigh Park, where he raped her.

The offender is described as a white man, around 30-years-old, muscular and just under 6ft. He was wearing dark black clothing, with a hood up and a balaclava covering the lower part of his face.

Senior investigating officer, Det Insp Jim Holmes said: “We are determined to find the offender of this serious offence but we need the public’s help.

“Our first appeal is to anyone who saw or heard anything unusual in the vicinity of Raleigh Park and Harcourt Hill on Tuesday between about 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Perhaps you saw a man acting suspiciously or a man talking to a woman, if you did then please come forward.

“The second part of our appeal is to anyone who saw any vehicles being driven erratically along the northbound carriageway of the A34, particularly near Botley or Wytham, after about 8.30pm on Tuesday. Or perhaps you saw items being thrown from a vehicle on the A34 during that evening. If you did then we also want to hear from you.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please come forward and let us know by calling 101 and quoting reference 1278 (10/1).

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

“Our priority remains the victim and she continues to be supported by our specially trained officers at this horrendous time.

“We are in the early stages of a complex investigation but I can reassure the public that we are working tirelessly to bring the offender to justice.

“Residents will see an increased police presence in the area, including a scenewatch and high-visibility foot patrols by police officers. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to a police officer or police community support officer.

“We are also conducting house to house enquiries near the scene, undertaking forensic work and obtaining and reviewing CCTV. All of which is meticulous work but essential to this investigation.

“The 38-year-old man from Oxford previously arrested on suspicion of rape has now been released without charge and we are no longer linking the rape to the road traffic collision in Wytham at about 11pm on Tuesday.”

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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JW

Media Team
(01865) 542047

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