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Man in court over rape of woman near Barnsley reservoir

A 47-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the rape of a woman near Elsecar Reservoir in Barnsley.

The 50-year-old woman was attacked as she walked her dog on the Trans Pennine trail on 24 June.

David Brian Thompson, from the Rawmarsh area of Rotherham, appeared before magistrates in Barnsley on Saturday, charged with rape.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear again at Sheffield Crown Court on 5 November.

Police had appealed for information about the incident on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

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