Public appeal following reported rape in Weymouth town centre

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DETECTIVES investigating a reported rape in Weymouth town centre are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 2am yesterday, Tuesday, November 1st, Dorset Police was called to a disturbance at an address in Great George Street.

Officers attended and it was reported that a woman had been raped by a man she had met that evening.

The victim – a local woman aged in her late teens – is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Detective Inspector Andrea Power, of Weymouth CID, said: “I am aware that there were a number of people in the area of Great George Street at the relevant time and I would urge anyone who saw a man and a woman, or has any information that may assist my investigation, to please contact Dorset Police.”

A 25-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until the beginning of January 2017.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55160164638. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.

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