IN THIS CASE UNLIKE HOLLIE S THERE IS NO FORENSIC EVIDENCE YET THE POLICE STILL LOOK FOR EVIDENCE
QUITE RIGHT TOO,SCOT COPS DINNAE LOOK EVEN AFTER HAVEING PAID OUT
No forensic evidence’ that 90-year-old woman was raped
Jun 26, 2014 11:50
By Neal Keeling
Police are continuing to investigate the incident in Rochdale and have defended their decision to go public with an appeal
Investigation: The road in Rochdale where the elderly woman claimed she was attacked
Forensic tests have so far found no evidence that a 90-year-old woman who claims she was assaulted had been raped.
The victim has told police that she was attacked as she walked to her local butchers on Spotland Road in Rochdale and police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Police have today defended their decision to go public with the woman’s claims ahead of the tests saying they had a ‘duty of care’ to do so.
Specially-trained officers are continuing to work with the 90-year-old lady and offer her support.
Superintendent Alistair Mallen, based at Rochdale, said: “We have had an overwhelming response from the public and the media since we publicised this case yesterday and for that we are extremely grateful.
“This demonstrates once again the great sense of community that continues in Rochdale and across the country.
“The lady in question stated she had been raped and she gave the same account when she was video interviewed.
“As people would expect we carried out forensic tests and these were fast-tracked overnight.
“The results now show that there is no forensic evidence of a rape taking place.
“However, we’re continuing to investigate the full circumstances of what happened to her.
“Something has clearly happened to this lady so we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything.
“It is important to state that was a report made in good faith, by an elderly, vulnerable lady and, as such, people would always expect us to investigate thoroughly.
“When we receive a report of this nature we will always investigate to establish the full facts and, alongside this, we will do everything we can to support the victim.
“People may question why we took the decision to go public and, to that, I can say that we had a duty of care to both the complainant and to the wider public.
“When making these decisions we have to weigh up the need to inform the public with the need to reassure them that they are not in any danger.
“Every case is considered on its individual merits at that particular time and, in this case, it was felt the community needed to be made aware.
“The most important aspect to remember is that we will always investigate reports of sexual offences and we always encourage victims to speak to the police.
“We are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have seen this lady to help us piece together exactly what happened.”
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