The local community is likely to notice an increased police presence in the area following a rape that took place on Sunday (2/6).
The incident took place around 12.05am in Shinfield Road Recreation Ground, in the area of the swings near to Linden Road, Whitley. You can read further information about this incident on the news page of the Thames Valley Police website here: https://news.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/appeal-for-witnesses-to-rape-reading-371215
Incidents like this are extremely rare and we are working to offer reassurance with additional patrols in the area.
If you have any concerns, or wish to raise anything, please approach and speak to an officer in the area. Alternatively you can contact Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference 43190164872, or make a report online here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
Personal Safety Advice
Here’s a reminder of the steps you can take to keep yourself safe:
- Plan your route in advance and keep to busy, well-lit streets or paths which are more likely to be covered by CCTV.
- Try to travel with people you know. Alternatively stick to routes and forms of transport that others are using.
- Hide your valuables from view including mobile phones, music devices and jewellery.
- Let someone know what time you are expecting to get home.
You can find more information about personal safety on the Thames Valley Police website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/violence/stay-safe/