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Witness appeal after report of a rape near Christchurch

16 August 2017
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following reports of a rape near Christchurch - with a man being arrested.

The incident was reported to have occurred in a wooded area near to Hinton Admiral Train Station at around 4pm on Monday 14 August 2017. 

The victim – a local woman aged in her 20s – reports that she was sexually assaulted by a man near to a makeshift shelter in the woods to the south of the train line off Station Road. It is understood that they were known to each other.

A 30-year-old man from the New Milton area was arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Leo Glendon, of Bournemouth CID, said: "Our specially-trained officers are supporting the victim following the report to police.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious to please contact Dorset Police."

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 55170126069. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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