Plymouth man, 45, arrested on suspicion of 1989 rape

New DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in Devon nearly 22 years ago.

The attack on a 16-year-old girl happened in a car park in Plymouth city centre in September 1989.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 45-year-old local man was being held in custody and questioned by detectives.

A police spokesman said the rape victim had been kept informed about the investigation and told of the arrest.

She has been interviewed by specially-trained officers and given counselling.

Following the attack in the East Lake Street car park - which has now been demolished - an extensive police investigation was launched and although no suspect was traced, the case has always remained open.

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