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Bus stop rape: Police identify key hour-long window

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POLICE investigating the rape of a teenager at a bus stop in Gorey have identified a key hour-long window of time on the night of the attack.

The scene of the rape Picture: JON GUEGAN. (26250976)

Officers have continued to work throughout the weekend to find the man who raped the girl at the bus stop opposite Gorey Common around midnight on Thursday 31 October / Friday 1 November.

This has included house-to-house inquiries, analysis of CCTV footage and recording of witness statements.

In a statement, the force said: 'Following further time spent with the victim over the weekend it is now believed that the black cap worn by the attacker under a hood was a baseball cap, not a flat cap as originally reported. We are now describing him as having a foreign accent.

'The key time window for the investigation is between 23:30 on Thursday, when the victim left a friend’s house party in Gorey Village, and 00:30 on Friday.

'At some point in this time window she was raped at the bus stop opposite Gorey Common. Footage from Liberty Bus appears to show the victim at the bus stop when buses pass at 23:53 and 00:06.

'We know from members of the public who have contacted us thus far that there were a lot of people out and about during that time window, due to it being Halloween. This included people on foot or transiting in cars and taxis.

'We are now keen to speak to anyone who was in the area between 23:30 & 00:30, regardless of whether or not they think they saw anything of note – everything is relevant. This includes anybody who drove through the area and has dash cam footage, even if it doesn’t appear to show anything.'

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 612200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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