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Barnstaple man arrested on suspicion of rape

Police investigating a report of a woman being seriously sexually assaulted in Barnstaple on Friday, December 16 are trying to trace a taxi driver as a witness who may have vital information.

Officers would like to hear from a licensed Hackney Carriage taxi driver who was working at around 2.15am who may have valuable information for the investigation.

The man, who was wearing a santa hat, and the woman used a taxi to travel from the taxi rank area in Boutport Street, Barnstaple between 2.15am and 2.30am.

Officers would like the taxi driver, who is wanted purely as a witness and is not suspected of any offence, or anyone who thinks they know who he is, to contact them.

A 20-year-old man from the Barnstaple area was arrested on suspicion of rape and released on police bail to return on Friday 17 March.

If you have any information that could help with enquiries, please contact the police via our website here or call 101 quoting reference number 50220061113.

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