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Police drop investigation into claims a woman was dragged into an Oxfordshire churchyard and raped

Thames Valley Police have confirmed they have dropped their investigation into a reported rape in Witney.

Extensive searches of the area and a 'thorough examination' of CCTV footage was undertaken by investigators after a woman in her twenties reported being raped in St Mary's churchyard in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police now say they are no longer investigating the case and that no other investigations will be taking place.

Superintendent Emma Garside, Local Policing Commander for Cherwell & West Oxfordshire, said: 'We received a report of a rape, and commenced an immediate urgent investigation into the alleged incident.

Thames Valley Police have confirmed they have dropped their investigation into a reported rape in St Mary's churchyard (pictured), Witney, on Sunday morning

'However, following a thorough examination of CCTV footage in the local area, as well as speaking to potential witnesses, we are now satisfied that the incident has not occurred as reported.

'We would like to re-assure the people of Witney that we took the initial report very seriously and deployed a number of resources into investigating the report as a priority, including placing a scene-watch in the area of St Mary's Church.

'It would not be helpful to speculate as to the reasons of the initial report, but I would like to thank the public and local community for coming forward to support information which supported this investigation.

'The reported incident understandably caused a great deal of community concern. Attacks such as initially reported are mercifully rare and will always be treated extremely seriously and thoroughly investigated, and would re-iterate my thanks to the local community for coming forward with information.'

Extensive searches of the area and a 'thorough examination' of CCTV footage was undertaken and police now say they are no longer investigating the case and that no other investigations will be taking place (stock image)

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