A MAN from Bracknell has been arrested in connection with a rape investigation in Thatcham. 

This comes after police received a report a woman was raped in a layby on the A4, opposite the Mercure Hotel off Cox's Lane in Thatcham on Monday, August 16. 

Thames Valley Police revealed the woman was assaulted after she saw an empty child's car seat in the layby, causing her to stop out of concern for a child she thought might be at risk.

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It has not been confirmed whether the empty child's car seat has any link to the offence, but officers are urging residents not to stop if they see anything suspicious by the roadside or in the road.

Following police investigations, a 28-year-old man from Bracknell was arrested. He remains in custody. 

Specially trained police officers are supporting the woman. 

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Alice Broad, said: “We are continuing our investigation following this deeply concerning incident. There are a significant number of enquiries ongoing, one of which has led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of rape.

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“We continue to appeal to members of the public who may have information that could assist our investigation to please come forward if they have not already done so and to remind the public to public to remain alert and cautious to anything suspicious and to report any concerns to Thames Valley Police.”

“Members of the public are likely to see a continued police presence as we continue our investigation.

“As part of the investigation further work is being carried out at the scene and temporary traffic lights will be in place while this is ongoing and may remain in place for at least 24 hours.

“We would like to thank members of the public for their patience.”

 “Anyone with information should call 101 or you can report online quoting reference Op Fax 43210366130.

“Alternatively, you can make a report anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.”

On Friday, August 20, Detective Inspector Broad commented on the circumstances around the incident. 

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She said: “The victim was driving on the A4 before the offence occurred. She stopped her vehicle at the scene because she saw a child’s car seat in a layby and was concerned there might be a child at risk because the car seat was empty.

“Thames Valley Police is working to understand the significance of the child’s car seat and whether it is linked to the offence.

"However, to ensure the safety of the public, we would advise that if you see anything in a road or on the roadside that concerns you, make a note of the precise location and call Thames Valley Police on 101. The force can then make appropriate checks."

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