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CCTV appeal following rape in Poole

09 September 2021
Detectives investigating a rape in Poole are appealing for witnesses to come forward and issuing a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify.

At around 2am on Saturday 4 September 2021 the victim – a woman aged in her 40s – met a man on a bench near to Slug & Lettuce on the High Street, before walking with him toward Baiter Park where it is reported that he raped her.

They walked together along Poole Quay, Stanley Road, Green Road, Green Gardens and Labrador Drive, before entering Baiter Park.

Detective Sergeant Ian Allen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are carrying out a full and detailed investigation into this incident and are continuing to provide support to the victim.

“I am issuing a CCTV image of a man I would like to identify as part of my enquiries and I would urge anyone who recognises him to please come forward. While I appreciate the image is not of the best quality, I am hoping someone may be able to identify him from his clothing.

“I would also urge motorists who travelled the route taken by the victim and the suspect between 2.30am and 3am to please check their dashcam for any relevant footage to help my investigation.

“We understand that reports of this nature will undoubtedly cause concern for the wider community. Local officers carrying out patrols in the area can be approached by any member of the public who has concerns or would like to pass on information.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210143179. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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