Rape investigation closed after allegation withdrawn


An investigation into an alleged rape in Dawlish on Thursday 18th January has been closed by police after the woman who reported the offence confirmed to officers that she wanted to withdraw the allegation.

The incident had allegedly occurred on the beach path close to the Dawlish Warren Bird Nature Reserve at around 11am.

Inspector Dean Bassett said: “Incidents like these are extremely rare in our area and I would like to reassure the community that no one is sought in connection to this previous allegation.

“The woman has withdrawn the allegation and we are confident that there is no risk to the public with regards to this previously alleged incident.

“Devon and Cornwall Police takes reports of any sexual assault extremely seriously and investigating these crimes is a Force priority.

“There are specialist investigators in the Force who are dedicated to investigating sex crimes and victims are always supported by specially trained officers and partner agencies.

“If you have been a victim of a sexual offence do not suffer in silence, come forward and report it to the police. We will thoroughly investigate such offences, we will safeguard victims and we will bring offenders to justice.”

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