Dorset

Man arrested after woman raped in Boscombe shopping precinct

Royal Arcade in Boscombe Image copyright Google Maps
Image caption The woman was raped near the Royal Arcade in Boscombe

A man has been man arrested after a woman was raped in a shopping precinct in Bournemouth.

The woman was assaulted in Christchurch Road, Boscombe, near the Royal Arcade and Aldi supermarket between 03:45 and 04:15 GMT on Thursday, Dorset Police said.

The attacker has been described as black and 5ft 6in tall.

A 23-year-old man from Southwark, London has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Det Con Neil Third said: "I know members of the public often travel through the precinct at the time of the reported incident and I would urge anyone who saw a man matching the description given to please call 101."

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