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Didcot park rape: Dog walker witness sought

A section of Edmonds Park in Didcot has been cordoned off by police
Image caption A section of Edmonds Park in Didcot has been cordoned off by police

A dog walker who may have information about a rape in an Oxfordshire park is being urged to come forward.

A woman in her 30s was raped by a man who tripped her from behind near outdoor gym equipment in Edmonds Park, Didcot, at about 18:45 BST on Tuesday.

She was found in a distressed state at about 19:00 by a member of the public in Newlands Avenue.

Thames Valley Police said a man was walking his dog, which may be called Billy, in the park at the time.

The suspect is described as 5ft 7ins or taller and was wearing dark clothing, including a hooded top with drawstrings.

'Significant information'

A section of Edmonds Park remains cordoned off while detectives carry out further investigations.

Extra patrols had been put in place in near the park, the force said.

Det Supt Paul Hayles said it was not believed to be related to the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in Summertown 28 September.

He added: "If you were this man in the park at around 19:00 on Tuesday or if you recognise the description of the dog walker please contact police as you may have significant information for us.

"The park is a popular dog walking and running location and I would also urge anyone who was in the park at the time of the offence to contact police."

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