Rape investigation launched after woman attacked in Aylesbury churchyard

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A woman was raped in an Aylesbury churchyard in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to Thames Valley Police.

The woman, aged in her twenties, was attacked by a man she did not know between 5.30am and 6.15am in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, near to Kingsbury Square in Aylesbury town centre.

The victim reported the incident to the police at around 6.40am, after the offender had left the scene.

The offender has been described as an Asian male, thought to be in his thirties.

Thames Valley Police are urging any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Jason Simpson of Force CID, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “The incident reported is naturally very concerning and the victim is being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation, and are conducting thorough enquiries to ascertain exactly what has happened.

“I am appealing to anybody who was in the general vicinity of St Mary’s Church or adjacent streets in the early hours of this morning to please contact Thames Valley Police if you believe you witnessed anything that can assist this investigation.

“I would also like to hear from anybody in the local area who may have been driving and has dash-cam, to please check this and contact us if it has captured anything.

“I would like to re-assure the local community that we are investigating this as a priority, and there will be a considerable and very visible police presence in the area while these investigations continue.

“We currently have a scene-watch in place in St Mary’s Churchyard, and expect this to remain in place for some time.

“Our investigation also includes house to house and CCTV enquiries, and so if anybody living nearby has CCTV installed, please check this and get in touch if it has captured anything that can assist us.

“You can make a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43210456425.

“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Incidents such as are obviously concerning for the local community, and so I would also ask anybody with any concerns to please speak to one of our officers in the area.”

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