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Abducted schoolgirl was raped after being forced into car in Oxford

A schoolgirl was raped after being snatched from a street and forced into a car during a four-hour ordeal, detectives have revealed.

The 14-year-old victim was grabbed and made to get into a hatchback car as she walked in the Banbury Road area of Summertown, Oxford, between 8.15am and 8.40am on Wednesday.

Inside the car, which was possibly a Volkswagen, a second man was waiting. Following her abduction the teenager, who was wearing her school uniform, was raped.

After her ordeal, she was found knocking on doors in Cavendish Drive, Marston, and the alarm was raised, officers from Thames Valley Police's major crime unit said.

As the girl received support from specialist officers, extra patrols were deployed in the area amid a major operation to find the two men, who are both white.

Parents, meanwhile, have been urged to ensure their children walk to school in groups as detectives made a plea for the public's help to trace the offenders.

Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, head of Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, said: "We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are carrying out extensive inquiries, including looking at CCTV footage.

"The abduction we believe took place between 8.15am and 8.40am, which would have been busy with commuters and people on the school run.

"We are asking anyone who saw a silver hatchback vehicle acting suspiciously in the area of Banbury Road and Marston Ferry Road during rush-hour.

"I would specifically like to appeal to any cyclists and drivers who passed through the area, to check any camera footage from a head or dash camera, to see if they have any footage matching the circumstances of the incident.

"We have stepped up patrols in the area and there will be a very visible police presence whilst the investigation continues.

"We are treating this investigation with an utmost priority and every effort is being made to identify and apprehend the offenders."

Superintendent Christian Bunt, local police commander for Oxford, said: "I recognise that this is a very concerning incident for everyone in Oxford.

"This type of extremely serious crime is fortunately very rare in Oxford but is still very worrying.

"My local policing teams will be working hard in support of the major crime investigation.

"I am putting in place additional patrols to provide reassurance.

"We will also be working closely with the local schools to provide information and support.

"We will keep the community updated with information as I recognise that parents in particular will be very concerned by the nature of this incident."

Anyone with information is asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101.


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