Church­yard sealed off af­ter woman is raped

Stockport Express - - Front Page - ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI

TWO men have been ar­rested af­ter a woman was raped out­side a church, po­lice have said. Of­fi­cers were called to St Mary’s, in Church­gate, Stock­port, dur­ing the early hours of Christ­mas Eve. The church­yard was sealed off fol­low­ing re­ports the woman had been raped in front of the church.

TWO men have been ar­rested af­ter a woman was al­legedly raped out­side a church.

Po­lice said that around 8.05am on Christ­mas Eve of­fi­cers were called to re­ports that a woman had been raped St Mary’s, Church­gate, Stock­port dur­ing the early hours.

They said a woman in her 30s had been taken to hos­pi­tal and was be­ing sup­ported by spe­cially trained of­fi­cers.

Two men, aged 44 and 57 were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rape and re­mained in cus­tody for ques­tion­ing as the Ex­press went to press.

They said the area was sealed off as foren­sic of­fi­cers con­ducted in­quiries.

As of­fi­cers worked on the scene on Mon­day morn­ing a foil blan­ket and other clothes could be seen at the en­trance to the church.

There was also bro­ken glass strewn over the church­yard but is not clear if this is re­lated to the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion or if it had been there pre­vi­ously.

Ex­tra po­lice ar­rived at the church through­out Mon­day morn­ing to help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Two PCSOs were on duty to main­tain the cor­don from mem­bers of the pub­lic as mul­ti­ple of­fi­cers worked on the scene.

The church is in the cen­tre of Stock­port near the Mar­ket Hall, shops, pubs and a bar­bers.

De­tec­tive in­spec­tor Ju­lia Bow­den, of GMP’s Stock­port bor­ough, said: “We have launched a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion and have spe­cially trained of­fi­cers sup­port­ing the vic­tim as she re­ceives treat­ment in hos­pi­tal.

“While we be­lieve this is an iso­lated in­ci­dent and have two men in cus­tody, our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in the very early stages.

“I would en­cour­age any­one who thinks they might have even the small­est piece of in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist our in­ves­ti­ga­tion to please get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 405 of 24/12/2018.

l●Po­lice out­side St Mary’s church

Colin J. Horne

●●A po­lice of­fi­cer out­side St Mary’s Church in Stock­port

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