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Man charged following rape in Hemel Hempstead

Farmhouse Lane, Hemel Hempstead Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption The victim was walking in Farmhouse Lane in Hemel Hempstead when she was approached by a man

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the rape of a woman in Hemel Hempstead.

The woman in her 20s was walking in Farmhouse Lane, Adeyfield, at 07:30 GMT on Tuesday when she was attacked.

Zachery Owens, of Lawn Lane in the town, has also been charged with other offences including assault, grievous bodily harm, kidnap and false imprisonment.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Hatfield later.

Mr Owens is also charged with stealing a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Hertfordshire Constabulary has appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen a man wearing a bright red "puffa" jacket to come forward.

Officers said they also wanted footage from dashcams from anybody who was driving along High Street Green towards Swallowdale Lane at the time.

The force also asked the public not to speculate on social media.

Det Insp Philip Moss said: "This remains a live, on-going investigation, so we ask that people refrain from speculating about the incident publicly and let the judicial process take its course."

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