Woman raped by teenager in March park

Police are hunting a rapist who attacked a woman in March park over the weekend.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 11:31 am
Wigstone's Road park where the alleged rape took place.

The woman in her 30s has been left traumatised after being raped in the North Drive Park on Sunday evening (March 6).

She was sexually assaulted by the man after asking him for directions.

The assault, which lasted no more than five minutes, stopped when the man run off after a group of people arrived in the park, which is also known as Wigstones Road Park.

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The man leading the inquiry is Det Sgt Dave Savill, who said the woman suffered no physical injuries and is talking to officers.

He said: “She is traumatised and is being supported by our specialist team officers. She has friends and family who are also supporting her.

“We would like to re-iterate that incidents of this nature are very rare and we are working closely with the team in Fenland. We would like to reassure the community that we have officers out doing door-to-door inquiries in this area.”

The woman was walking home from a friend’s at around 8.30pm when she spoke to the man around the park area.

He fled after a group of people came into view and she asked them to call the police.

Police sealed off the scene and scoured it for forensic evidence. The scene was lifted on Monday. Officers are also looking at CCTV footage along with completing the house-to-house inquiries.

Det Sgt Savill added: “We have calls from the public of various sightings and we would like to encourage more to contact us.”

The man is described as being aged 18 and was wearing a black jacket.

Police are hoping to reassure the public after this is the second rape to have been reported in Fenland in the last five weeks.

A woman in her 40s was raped by two men in the Spinney Park, Waterlees Road, Wisbech, on February 7.

Det Sgt Savill said: “It is unusual but unfortunately incidents of this tend to happen occasionally. We are not linking them together at this stage.

“Incidents of this kind are rare to happen in rural communities and they are being dealt with very seriously.”

Fenland Operations manager Insp Will Davis said: “We will continue to support the victim throughout this process and would encourage anybody with any information to contact us or Crimestoppers”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number CF0095150316 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111