Ex­tra pa­trols a week af­ter vi­o­lent rape in city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Po­lice have been car­ry­ing out ex­tra pa­trols near where a woman was raped as she walked home.

A week af­ter the hor­rific at­tack, of­fi­cers were pa­trolling in Oun­dle Road in Wood­ston ap­peal­ing for more in­for­ma­tion to catch the rapist.

A woman was raped in the area fol­low­ing a night out be­tween 3.15 am and 4.30 am on Satur­day, July 23.

The vic­tim was ap­proached by a man who spoke to her briefly be­fore grab­bing her by the hair and drag­ging her to a more se­cluded lo­ca­tion where she was sex­u­ally as­saulted. Po­lice have not re­vealed where on Oun­dle Road the rape oc­curred, but pa­trols took place be­tween the Lon­don Road junc­tion and Palmer­ston Road.

Fol­low­ing the as­sault the woman, in her 40s, was able to make it to a place of safety where she raised the alarm.

In the past week po­lice have been tak­ing state­ments from wit­nesses and con- duct­ing searches and house to house en­quiries. They have also been ex­am­in­ing CCTV from the city cen­tre.

DI Lucy Thom­son said: “We hope that the ac­tiv­ity in the area will help to jog some­one’s mem­ory about some­thing they saw that could help us to catch the of­fender. It’s pos­si­ble some­one might have seen or heard a man match­ing the de­scrip­tion talk­ing to a woman who may have seemed quite dis­tressed.”

Po­lice are keen to speak to a man de­scribed as black, around5’8” of medium build and aged in his 30s, who spoke with a for­eign ac­cent. On the night of the in­ci­dent the man was de­scribed as wear­ing black jeans and a black t-shirt.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the at­tack should call the ded­i­cated num­ber on 01480 422793 or can con­tact po­lice on 101 ref­er­enc­ing Op Req­ui­site. Al­ter­na­tively they can con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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