Detectives investigating the rape of a woman near Folkestone have charged a man.

A 19-year-old woman reported she was the victim of a serious sexual assault in a layby in Beachborough, near the A20, during the early hours of Sunday 4 September 2022.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate commenced an investigation and, following enquiries, a man was arrested on the morning of Monday 5 September.

Peter Wrotchford, from Ashley Avenue, Folkestone, was later charged with rape and three sexual assault offences.

The 46-year-old appeared before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 7 September and was remanded in custody to appear before Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 10 October.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have information regarding the incident but has not yet spoken to police.

In particular they would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard a woman talking to the driver of a white vehicle in Tram Road, Folkestone at about 4am on Sunday 4 September.

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/172713/22.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form on their website.

Click here for further information, advice and support relating to Violence Against Women and Girls.

This page also includes details on how Kent Police is tackling offences including domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and other forms of violence.

By Ed

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