By Isha Sesay • 14 December 2019 • 17:14
Forensics investigators at Payers Park sweeping the area the day after the attack. Credit: KMG
A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY has been arrested by police in connection to the rape of a woman in her 30s.
The rape was reported to police in October, where the victim told officers that she was attacked at Payers Park in Folkestone, England, and suspected the sexual assault to have been carried out by a teenager. Her handbag was also stolen in what was described as a ‘frightening’ incident.
The youngster was among 3 people to have been arrested by officers from Kent Police today (December 14) after an investigation was launched into the alleged assualt. A 29-year-old man and another teenager, both from Folkestone, were also arrested on suspicion of rape, where all 3 have subsequently been released on bail.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses who were in the area at the time to come forward as they may have critical information. They say that following a review of available evidence they were able to identify a man who provided assistance to the victim before leaving the scene when medical crews arrived. Detective Sergeant Lewis Tompsett said:
“There is no suggestion this man is in any way involved in the offence, but we know he helped the victim and therefore believe he may have important information that can help us progress with our inquiries.
“I would therefore encourage him to get in contact with us as soon as possible.”
He is described as black, in his early 20s, and around 5ft 10ins with a medium build, and is believed to have been wearing a green winter coat and had hair that was short around the sides and long at the top.
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