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Police end investigation into reported rape in Bicester

An appeal was put out two weeks ago but officers say ‘the evidence available does not confirm the events that were reported at the time.’

Thames Valley Police has concluded a rape investigation that began in Bicester in February.

The force received a report between 5am and 6am on Sunday 21st, that a woman in her twenties was approached by a man on Kingsclere Road, who was believed to be accompanied by two other men. It was reported that the woman was subsequently raped.

TVP says it has fully reviewed all lines of enquiry based on the account provided by the victim and witnesses, but that the evidence available does not confirm the events that were reported at the time. 

The force added that all parties have been very cooperative and ‘are supportive of the intention to close this case.’

No arrests have been made and officers say they are not looking to speak to anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Detective Sergeant Mark Personius from Banbury CID, said: “Thames Valley Police always does, and always will take reports of rape extremely seriously, and we will work to establish the circumstances, while providing close support to victims. I would like to stress that no one should hesitate in coming forward if they have been a victim of any crime.

“Our officers have been working with the victim who reported this incident, in order to establish what has taken place and we will continue to offer her support.

“There has been an increased police presence in the area of Bicester while police officers have been working on this investigation. At all times we endeavour to ensure the safety of our communities.

“I would like to thank the local community for all information they have provided in response to the reporting of this incident, and for their patience and understanding while this investigation has taken place.”

 

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