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Man charged with 1986 Oxford attempted rape

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Image caption The attack on the teenager took place in January 1986 near Pullens Lane

A man has been charged with the attempted rape of a girl 30 years ago.

Thames Valley Police arrested Philip Spriggs, 52, formerly of Oxford, following a reinvestigation by its major crime review team.

The attack on the teenager took place near Pullens Lane, Oxford, in January 1986.

Mr Spriggs appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court earlier, with a trial expected at Oxford Crown Court on 2 December.

Police said the girl was approached by a man from behind, pulled to the ground, and threatened with violence.

The attacker attempted to rape her but fled the scene.

"Despite a thorough investigation at the time of the offence, no previous arrests were made," a spokesman said.

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