Exeter: Police investigating allegation of rape of a woman arrest 19-year-old man and launch appeal for witnesses, CCTV and dashcam footage

A man has been arrested in connection to an allegation of rape of a woman in her 20s in the Newtown area of Exeter.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses and information, and officers are reviewing CCTV from the Russell Street area of the city from the early hours of Sunday, October 3.

Officers from British Transport Police on Tuesday (October 5) arrested a 19-year-old man at Exeter St David’s train station on suspicion of rape. He remains in police custody.

Devon and Cornwall Police want to hear from anyone who was in the Newtown, Western Way and Heavitree Road areas of Exeter between 2.45am and 4.15 am on Sunday, October 3.

Officers have appealed for residents to retain CCTV footage. And motorists with dashcam recordings, who were in the area, are urged to contact police straightaway.

Detective Inspector Emma LeFort said: “We continue to review CCTV and we are appealing for witnesses; we wish to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who was the area between 2.45am-4.15am on Sunday 3 October.

“If you were in area of Jurys Inn and Belmont Chapel on Western Way, or Russell Street which is near to the Triangle car park, then please contact the police as you could have information vital to the investigation.”

She added: “If you have a property in the area then please retain your CCTV footage and contact us on 101.

“If you were driving through the area during this time-period and have dashcam footage that could be of interest, please also contact the police as soon as possible.”

If you have any information or footage to help police with this investigation, contact 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/086069/21.

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