Teens arrested for rape after ‘attack on woman near pub in front of witnesses’
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Two teenage boys under 16 have been arrested on suspicion of rape following an alleged assault on a young woman outside a pub.
Described by Surrey Police as a "serious sexual assault”, it took place on Church Street in Epsom, Surrey, on Saturday night at approximately 9:30pm, September 19 – allegedly in front of members of the public.
Officers remain in the area following the incident, and forensic specialists are searching the scene for evidence.
The two suspects are still in custody, and a police cordon is expected to be in place for at least the rest of Sunday, September 20.
Surrey Police shared details of the alleged attack and the arrests on Sunday in a statement.
The force said: "Surrey Officers and forensic teams are currently on scene at Church Street in Epsom following a serious sexual assault which occurred last night.
"Officers were called around 9.30pm following reports of members of the public witnessing a sexual assault against a young woman.
"Following the public’s concerns, the suspects were detained close to Ashley Road and then arrested when our officers arrived shortly after.
"The two suspects, both boys under the age of 16 are currently in custody.
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“The scene has been sealed off and a cordon is expected to remain in place until further notice."
With the suspects in police custody, police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward to help with the investigation.
Detective Inspector Andy Skoglund said: “We would firstly like to thank the quick thinking, observant members of the public who assisted in helping the victim and have been helping us with our initial enquiries.
“We have spoken to many witnesses already who were predominately outside the Ye Olde Kings Head Pub on Church Street but looking to anyone who may have any more information to get in contact with us.
“If you have any dashcam or CCTV footage of Church Street, Rosebery Park, Heathcote Road, Downside or St Martin’s Avenue taken around that time you may be able to really help us with this investigation.
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“Local residents will see us on scene for the remainder of the day whilst we carry out our enquiries and may notice an increased police presence over the next couple of days."
DI Skoglund added: "This is nothing to be concerned out and we ask that you please respect the cordons that are in place.”
Those with evidence have been asked to contact Surrey Police quoting crime reference number PR/45200099914 via webchat on the website surrey.police.uk, online via https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ or by calling 101.
Evidence can also be left anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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