Witness appeal after young woman was raped in Hemel Hempstead

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape in Hemel Hempstead in the early hours of Saturday, March 30.

A woman aged in her 20s was walking along the footpath on Two Waters Road at around 1am when she was sexually assaulted by two men.

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The location was believed to be a field near the road.

The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers.

Detective Constable Louise Cleary, from the Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “We are keen to speak to a woman who was in the area around the time of the incident and walked past the B&Q sometime between midnight and 1am.

"She is described as white with shoulder length hair and was wearing dark clothing and a top with a V-neck.

“If you believe this may have been you or if you were in the area around the time, please contact me onlouise.cleary@herts.pnn.police.uk or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/29033/19.”

> Abdul-Rahman-Ishaq Toam, aged 18, of Weymouth Street, Hemel Hempstead has been charged with rape of a female aged 16 and over. He appeared at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 1 and is due to appear at Luton Crown Court on Monday, April 29 for a pre-trial preparation hearing

> A 16-year-old boy from Hemel Hempstead has been charged with rape of a female aged 16 and over. He appeared at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 1 and is due to appear at Luton Crown Court on Monday, April 29 for a pre-trial preparation hearing.

Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact Herts SARC for practical and emotional support.

The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.

To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, emailHerts.SARC@nhs.net or visit www.hertssarc.org.

You can also report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report