A RAPE occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 25) in the vicinity of St Peter’s Road.
The victim had been out with friends at a pub on Lower Hillmorton Road. She left on her own at approximately 12.45am (Sunday morning) and later was found by members of the public on St Peters Road.
An ambulance was called and the victim was taken to hospital, where she disclosed that she had been raped.
Investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident and CCTV footage of the area is currently being reviewed.
The grounds of St Peter’s and St John’s Church, on the corner of Clifton Road and St Peter’s Road, were cordoned off on Sunday, and church services were cancelled.
Detective Sergeant Ollie Deakin, who is investigating the case, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have been on Lower Hillmorton Road or St Peters Road around this time, and may have witnessed anything suspicious, as we are keen to identify the person responsible as soon as possible.
“I would like to reassure local residents that we currently have additional officers working within the area to investigate this offence and to provide reassurance to the local community.
“Specially trained officers are currently supporting the victim and any information we can obtain from the public will greatly assist with the investigation.”
Anyone who has any further information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 37 of October 25.
Information can also be passed on anonymously through independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
If you have been a victim of a sexual assault you can contact the Blue Sky Centre – a service for men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault – on 02476 865 505.