Police urgently appeal for witnesses following a rape

Thames Valley Police has launched a rape investigation following an incident in Oxford on 15 July.

The victim, a woman aged in her thirties, was walking on Abingdon Road at around 11.50pm when she was approached by an unknown man near to the junction with Gordon Woodward Way.

He is described as a tall white man, of skinny build and aged in his forties and was wearing a dark-coloured jacket.

The victim was subsequently pulled into a wooded area where she was raped by the offender.  The male then left the scene.

The victim is currently being supported by specially trained officers and police have confirmed that this support for the victim will continue to be at the forefront of this investigation.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector James Mather, of Oxford CID, said:

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation, and we currently have a scene-watch in place opposite the Travelodge on Abingdon Road at the junction with Gordon Woodward Way.  There will be an increased police presence in the area throughout the day, and I would urge anybody who has any information or concerns to please speak to one of our officers at the scene.”

Anybody who has any information relating to this incident, or believes that they witnessed anything that can assist this investigation to please contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference number 43200216757.

Detective Inspector James Mather also added:

“I would also urge anybody who was driving in the area and has dash-cam in their vehicles to please look at this and contact police if it has captured anything that can help this investigation.”

If you do not wish to speak directly with police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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