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Police appeal after woman is sexually assaulted in Slough alleyway

Kieran Bell

A woman was sexually assaulted in an alleyway in Slough today (Saturday). 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the serious incident at about 1am in an alleyway between Mackenzie Square and the Curve in the town centre.

The victim, a woman aged in her forties was in the alleyway and was sexually assaulted by a male who followed her in.

After assaulting her, the suspect held onto the victim and led her out of the alleyway.

They may have been seen by people in the town centre area.

The offender is a black man, believed to be of Somalian descent, about 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a light coloured top.

Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Penny Mackenzie, based at Slough police station, said: “This is a very concerning incident in which a woman has been subjected to a serious sexual assault.

“She is being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“I understand that this incident will cause some concern in the community, but I would like to reassure people that we have launched a full investigation.

“Members of the public might see an increased police presence in the town centre today. If you have any concerns our questions, please feel free to approach our officers.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident, or which they think could help our investigation.

“If you have any details which you think could be relevant, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101, quoting reference 43190096270.”

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update: Sunday, March 31. 13:36pm

A 31-year-old man from Slough was arrested on suspicion of rape this morning and is currently in police custody.

Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Penny Mackenzie, based at Slough police station, said: “I am still appealing to anyone with information to come forward. Sexual offences have a significant impact on the victim so we are appealing for the public to help our investigation.

“The area was busy with people enjoying the pubs and clubs, so we are looking to speak to anyone who was around the town centre area at the time. They may have seen something without being aware how important their information could be to the investigation.

“The easiest way to contact the force is by visiting our website where information can be left or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43190096270.

“The victim is being supported by specifically trained officers at this extremely difficult time.”


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