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Hampshire police force issue apology to rape victim

By Scott D'Arcy

A police force has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after she was initially arrested by officers.

Hampshire Constabulary reached an agreement with the woman, named only as Laura, after she began proceedings against the force under the Human Rights Act.

Her mother said she was "horrified" by the way her then teenage daughter had been treated.

Two months after making her rape complaint in 2012, the woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice following forensic tests on her clothes not returning a result, it was said.

The Crown Prosecution Service ordered new tests and her attacker was eventually jailed for five years in 2013.

The woman's mother - given the pseudonym Jacqui - said Laura had attempted suicide twice after her arrest and that her mental health had deteriorated.

She said: "I was horrified. You expect them to do everything they can to put the rapist away."

The force also confirmed that one officer had received a written warning for misconduct, while 10 had received management action.

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