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A man has been arrested following a report of a sexual assault which took place at around 11.45pm on 31 December 2023 in Victoria Gardens, near Albany Terrace, Chatham.

The victim reported she was sexually assaulted near the bandstand by a stranger who then followed her after she fled the scene.

She was later approached by the suspect outside a petrol station in New Road where he is alleged to have threatened her with a weapon.

Officers arrived at the scene and a 51-year-old local man was arrested at 11.55pm. He was later bailed until 26 March 2024.

Detective Constable Robert Hughes, of the North Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, said:

‘We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incidents in Jackson’s Field or New Road to contact our appeal line.

‘Drivers with dashcam and residents with private CCTV in the Albany Terrace, Ordnance Terrace, Railway Street, Gibraltar Hill and New Road areas are also asked to check for relevant footage.’

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01634 792209, quoting reference 46/44/24.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete their online form.

By Ed

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