Man arrested following rape in Leamington

Riverside Walk where the rape took place.
Riverside Walk where the rape took place.
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Warwickshire Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape in Leamington which occurred on Friday March 13.

A 26-year-old man from the town has been arrested on suspicion of rape and bailed until Tuesday April 7.

The incident took place on Riverside Walk close to the River Leam off Newbold Terrace East.

The victim, aged 19, was physically and sexually assaulted by a man unknown to her.

The suspect who gave his name as ‘Thomas’ is described as being white, in his mid to late 20s, 5’9”, of medium build, with dark brown hair.

He had a pale spotty complexion, bushy eyebrows, was clean shaven, spoke with a local accent and was smoking a cigarette when he approached the victim.

The man was wearing dark blue jeans, a grey top with long sleeves and a black jacket.

Det Chief Insp Pete Hill said: “I am particularly keen to hear from a male dog walker who walked passed the victim as she walked along the riverside footpath in the direction of the leisure centre. “I would also like to hear from anyone who used the footpath between 5pm and 7pm on Friday 13th March 2015 as they may hold valuable information that could assist identifying the attacker.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 38 of March 14.

Alternatively contact the independent charity crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website www.crimestoppers-uk.org