BREAKING: Three arrests after woman was raped during burglary in Doncaster

Police have arrested three men in connection with a shocking burglary in which a woman was raped inside her Doncaster home.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 1:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 2:31 pm
Officers are still carrying out enquiries into the incident in Balby.

Two men, aged 32 and an 18-year-old have all been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. One of the 32-year-old men was also arrested on suspicion of rape.

All three men are being questioned by officers at this time.

The horrific burglary and rape happened around 7.30am on Wednesday, February 24 on West Avenue in Woodlands.

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Just five days earlier, a woman was reportedly robbed and raped at knife-point by three men in an alleyway off Queen Street in Balby around 11pm on Saturday February 20.

Officers are still carrying out enquiries into the incident in Balby.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Jackson said: “We have a dedicated team of detectives investigating both of these incidents and as a result, we have made three arrests in connection with the crimes reported in the Woodlands area of the town.

“I want to reassure members of the community that we are treating both cases as an absolute priority, and offer assurance that while both incidents are extremely serious, there is no suggestion or evidence that they are linked.

“I want the communities these crimes happened in, as well as all of our residents in Doncaster, to feel reassured that we are doing everything we can to ensure those responsible will be held to account for their actions.

“The women in both cases are receiving continual support from specially trained officers and we have increased patrols in the areas to provide a high visibility police presence.

“We do believe the crimes are isolated incidents that have occurred coincidently, and there are a number of further enquiries and potential leads detectives are following up as the investigations progress.

“I would like to encourage anyone who is a victim of a sexual offence, to please come forward and report any incident to us. We will always thoroughly investigate any crime and provide the appropriate support and care to those affected.”

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact police on 101.