POLICE have sealed off a road in Thatcham after a woman was raped on Sunday night.

Officers were called to the A4 layby in Thatcham, West Berkshire, following reports that a woman was seriously sexually assaulted.

The incident happened opposite the Mecure Hotel at about 11.30pm on Sunday, August 15 and a road closure remains in place whilst police carry out investigations.

The woman is currently being supported by specially trained officers.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Alice Broad, said: “We are in the early stages of investigating this serious incident in which a woman has been raped and we are following multiple lines of enquiry.

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“We are asking anyone who was travelling on the A4 last night at around the time of the incident to please call if they believe they could help our investigation.

“Additionally if they were travelling on the road and have a dash-cam we would ask them to check the footage and please contact us if it shows anything.

“Anyone with information should call 101 or they can report online quoting reference 43210366130.

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“Or if they wish to report anonymously they can do so by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“This is a concerning incident and I would like to reassure the public that we are thoroughly investigating and as a result of the incident members of the public are likely to see an increase in police presence in the local area.”

“In order to carry out our investigations, a road closure is in place on the A4 and will remain in place for a number of hours. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience whilst we carry out our investigations and apologise for any delay in your journey.”