Dorset

Man arrested over woodland rape in Wareham

The country lane where the girl was cycling Image copyright Google
Image caption The 18-year-old victim was cycling on an unnamed country road before being attacked

A man has been arrested after a cyclist was raped in Dorset woodland.

The woman, 18, was run off the road by a car in Wareham, causing her to fall off her bike on Tuesday between 10:30 and 11:30 BST, police said.

The driver of the car then forced her into woodland off the country lane between Bindon Lane and Woodstreet Farm, where he raped her.

A Bournemouth man, 51, was arrested on suspicion of rape. He was later released pending further inquires.

The force is appealing for any witnesses, particularly dog walkers who were in the area and drivers who may have dashcam footage to come forward.

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