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Thames Valley Police investigation update following incident in Summertown-Oxford

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Thames Valley Police investigation update following incident in Summertown-Oxford
Press Release 07 October 2016,

Thames Valley Police is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the abduction and rape of a teenage girl last Wednesday in Summertown (28/9).

We are following a number of lines of enquiry.

We continue to support the young victim, and work at her pace to gather further information.

Det Supt Chris Ward of Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “Let me begin by reviewing the activities that Thames Valley Police undertook last Wednesday (28/9) in responding to reported abduction and rape of a 14 year old school girl.

“At 8.51 am on 28 September Thames Valley Police was informed of the kidnap of a 14-year-old girl.

“We immediately followed the national guidelines for responding to a kidnap and a significant response following those guidelines was commenced. I am unable to provide any additional details of the operational activities.

“There was insufficient information at that time to activate a Child Rescue Alert. It is also not always appropriate to issue this kind of alert in the event of a child kidnap as this could put the child at further risk.

“At noon we were informed of a child trying to gain entry into a house in the Marston area and two officers were deployed to assist.

“The victim was brought to Oxford Police Station.  She disclosed that she had been abducted and raped by two men.  During the afternoon she was interviewed by specially trained officers who worked with the victim to clarify her account.

“Working with a young victim who has been through a traumatic experience can be a very slow process.  

“Following the interview, the case and evidence was assessed alongside the need to provide guidance and reassurance to the public.  The decision was taken that public guidance needed to be provided ahead of the school run the following morning and at 11.05pm a press release was issued.  

“Over the past week Thames Valley Police has had a dedicated enquiry team of 30 working on this investigation.  We are working closely with specialist officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who are providing specialist support and advice.  
“In addition the Oxford City neighbourhood team has been providing high visibility patrols and making themselves accessible to members of the public who have come forward to make statements.

We would ask anyone with concerns to talk to one of the Neighbourhood Policing team or call 101.

“We have been reviewing huge quantities of CCTV content from the Summertown and Marston areas.  We have taken a number of statements from the public and responded to over 260 calls from the public who have phoned in with information.

“We are currently working through the statements that we gathered through the ‘1-week on’ activities on 5 October 2016 and we are grateful to the public for their patience and support in this investigation.

“We continue to work with the victim to establish the full details of the incident.

“Our area of investigative focus continues to be around the Summertown and Marston areas, and we will continue to follow the evidence in order to bring any offenders to justice.”
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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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