Monday, April 9, 2012

Two men in clear after false Christchurch Park rape claim

Two men, aged 18 and 21, were arrested as part of an inquiry in an alleged rape in the Christchurch Park arboretum. At this point, no further action will be taken, as is has been determined that the allegation was false.

The alleged incident supposedly happened sometime between 2:30 and 5 a.m. on February 18th. Police got the report at 6:45 of two men attacking a female. Police cordoned off a portion of the park while crime staff started the investigation.

The woman, believed to be 18, was taken to a sexual assault center in Ipswich. Further inquiries by detectives showed no evidence of rape.

No action will be taken against the women, and officers have stressed that anyone who reports being raped will be taken seriously, and supported in whatever way possible.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Smethurst said:

This report concerned a lot of people in the local community and as such it was thoroughly investigated. Following the investigation it was established that the incident was not as originally reported and having spoken again to the complainant we are satisfied that no such crime has been committed. While this particular incident has turned out to be a false claim we want to reassure members of the public that anyone reporting a rape or sexual assault in Suffolk will receive a full level of support from specially trained officers.
It would be a wonderful thing if the "full level of support" were offered to the wrongly accused.