Exeter: Police make arrest after report man was raped in Rougemont Gardens

Police have made an arrest after a man was allegedly raped in the Rougemont Gardens area of Exeter at the weekend.

Officers say a male aged in his 30s was attacked behind the city’s library at around 3am on Saturday, October 23.

A suspect fled the area while being ‘pursued’ and ‘members of the public attempted to stop him’ near Tesco Metro in High Street, said Detective Inspector Emma LeFort.

The suspect escaped down St Martins Lane in the direction of Exeter Cathedral, she added.

Devon and Cornwall Police said today that a 38-year-old Exeter man was arrested on suspicion of rape late on Monday, October 25, and remains in custody.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses and information.

Det Insp LeFort said: “If you were in the city centre between 2.50am and 3:30am, notably in the areas of Gandy Street; Rougemont; the cathedral, or were one of the members of public who attempted to intervene, it is essential that we hear from you as you could hold information vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/092294/21.

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