A WOMAN in her 20s was raped in the Reading Minster churchyard grounds, police have confirmed.

Thames Valley Police launched an investigation into a rape that happened in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, September 12.

Forensic officers scoured the graveyard and churchyard as shoppers walked by in the town centre.

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A police cordon was in place from St Mary's Butts, Chain Street and Gun Street and was lifted by the afternoon.

Thames Valley Police confirmed that the victim is a woman in her 20s.

A 22-year-old man from Nottingham was also arrested on suspicion of rape.

He has now been released on bail.