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Oxford Police Investigate Two Rapes In Same Night
Police are investigating two rapes in Oxford in the same night.
Detectives say they aren't linking the attacks.
In the first, at approximately 2am on Saturday (20 September), an 18-year-old woman walked down St Ebbes Street with a man she had met in a nightclub earlier in the evening. They entered Brewer Street where the man raped her. The woman left Brewer Street at around 2.30am.
A scene watch is currently in place in the area of Brewer Street and St Ebbes Street while officers examine the area.
The offender is described as black, aged in his twenties with short black hair. He was wearing dark grey jeans and a light grey T-shirt.
Det Sgt Nicole Murphy, from Oxford Force CID, said:
“We take all reports of this nature seriously and a thorough investigation is now in progress. Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances of what happened and to locate the offender. The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers.
“If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the area which could help us with this investigation please contact us. Our Neighbourhood Team is aware of the incident and officers will be in the area. If anyone has any concerns please approach an officer.”
If you have any information which could help police please call Det Sgt Murphy or Oxford Force CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101. If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
In the second attack between 2am and 3am the victim entered flats in Roosevelt Drive. A man followed her in to a flat and raped her before leaving the scene.
The offender is described as white, aged in his forties to fifties, of skinny to medium build, and has grey hair. He was wearing a dark jacket which had a hood, a grey shirt and dark blue jeans.
The incident is not being linked to a separate report of a rape in Brewer Street, Oxford, in the early hours of today.
Det Insp Larry Johnson said:
“I am appealing for anyone with any information about the incident, or anyone who saw a man in the area matching the description of the offender, to speak to police. An investigation is underway and, at the time, the victim is being supported.
“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it could be, please speak to an officer.
“If you have any concerns please approach officers in the area or call 101 to speak to an officer from your Neighbourhood Team.”
If you have any information which could help police please call Oxford Force CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101. If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
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