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Woman raped in Banbury by boy who knocked on door

A woman in her 70s was raped at her Oxfordshire home by a boy who had knocked on the door.

The teenager, who claimed he wanted to talk about the war and the elderly, carried out the attack after being invited into the victim's Banbury home.

Saturday's attack, described by police as "horrifying", only came to an end when the victim activated her personal care alarm and the boy ran off.

He is described as white, aged about 15, with short, dark brown hair.

'Calculated and horrifying'

Officers went to the address in the Highlands area of Hardwick after being alerted at about 09:20 GMT, but were unable to find the rapist who had disappeared into the suburban housing estate.

The attacker was wearing a zip-up jacket and jeans slung low on his waist, police said.

Det Sgt Andrew Thompson, of Thames Valley Police, said: "This was a calculated and horrifying attack, with the young boy talking his way into the victim's house deliberately to sexually assault her."

Anyone with information about the attack should contact police.

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