Following a detailed review of our cold cases, officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) have identified new lines of enquiry for a serious sexual assault which occurred in Swindon in 1987.
On Wednesday 12 August 1987 a man broke into a property in Swindon and sexually assaulted a young woman. An investigation was launched at the time but no one was convicted.
As a result of these new investigations, officers from MCIT, which is part of *Brunel, have today (Thursday 21 April 2016) made an arrest.
A 60 year old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment. He is currently in custody at Gablecross Police Station.
We are working closely with the victim, who was 16 at the time of the sexual assault, and are providing specialist support.
Detective Inspector Mark Power said: “The team have reviewed the case and new evidence has been discovered through the use of modern forensic methods.
These methods were not available to officers 30 years ago but advances in technology have now enabled us to take this case forward.
The welfare of the victim is our priority and we are ensuring that she is provided specialist support throughout.”
Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault is encouraged to report it to police on 101 or call the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on 0808 168 0024 for independent specialist support.