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Waltham Cross rape: man not guilty as allegation dropped

A man has been found not guilty of rape after the alleged victim decided she did not want to pursue the allegation.

Shawn Williams, 23, of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, was held after an appeal on the television programme Crimewatch.

Police made the appeal after a woman claimed she had been raped last July in an alleyway between the High Street and Lodge Crescent in Waltham Cross.

At St Albans Crown Court Judge Stephen Warner directed that Mr Williams be found not guilty.

Television appeal

Mr Williams had denied the charge and told police that sex had taken place consensually between him and the woman.

In the television appeal, police showed CCTV images of a man they wished to identify.

Mr Williams saw the images and went to police.

He told detectives sex had taken place consensually between him and the woman.

The prosecutor said the woman had decided not want to pursue the allegation.

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