Oxford: Sex Assault In Graveyard

Thames Valley Police are investigating a sex attack in a graveyard in Oxford.

The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was walking in St James’ Cemetery between Beauchamp Lane and Church Hill Road, Cowley, at about 11.30pm on Friday night.

While she was walking through the cemetery she was approached by two men.

One of the men then grabbed the victim while the other offender sexually assaulted her.

At this stage of the investigation there is no description of the offenders.

The victim sustained a black eye and scratches to her face.

She was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, but has since been discharged.

Investigating officer, Det Con Gurinder Sangha of Force CID in Oxford, said:

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of St James’ Cemetery at about 11.30pm on Friday night to contact police. Your help might assist our enquiries, so if you do have any information please call the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

“If you don't feel comfortable speaking directly to the police then you can always 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.

“I would like to reassure local residents that incidents such as these are very rare in Oxford and the Thames Valley as a whole. Further, please be assured that the Force is conducting a thorough investigation into the offence.”

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