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Girl, 13, raped after lift in car

A 13-year-old girl has been raped in a car park after she accepted a lift from a man as she walked along a street, police said.

The girl was in Northumberland Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, when a man stopped by her in a small black car.

She accepted his invitation to get inside and he drove through the town to Tilehurst, four miles away. In a small unknown car park, he raped the girl inside the vehicle.

Detectives from Thames Valley Police described it as "horrific experience" for the girl as they appealed for the public's help in tracing the rapist.

Officers called on anyone who may have seen the car some time between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday to contact them.

Detective Inspector Nick Watts, from Reading CID, said: "This was a horrific experience for the girl, and we need to ensure that we find this man as quickly as possible."

The suspect is described as black, of slim build and aged 18 to 19.

Anyone with information is asked to call Mr Watts at Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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