Rape near University of York ‘did not happen’

Police have thanked public and students for coming forward to help

North Yorkshire Police have stated that an alleged rape that took place near the University of York two and a half weeks ago did not happen.

It had been reported that a woman in her twenties had been attacked early in the morning of the 13th May as she walked along Walmgate Stray, not far from the Sports Centre.

However, a police spokeswoman has since confirmed that the woman has now informed officers that “the events reported did not happen”, and that they would be taking no further action in the case.

Speaking further about public involvement in the case, the police officer said:

“The investigating officers were extremely pleased with the response from the public and students following the media appeal and thank everyone for coming forward to assist the investigation. We encourage the public to continue to support investigations in this way.”

Victims of sexual crime are encouraged to call the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. If you would prefer to not talk to the police, help can be found through Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, which can be reached on 01904 669339.