Police reveal why three adults were given cautions for rape

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 16 May 2017

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Police have explained why three adults were given cautions for rape over the past five years.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary issued cautions to adults in rape investigations once in 2012-13 and twice in 2013-14. No cautions have been given to an adult for rape in the past three years.

A police spokesman said in two cases, the victims reported a rape from the 1980s and 1960s respectively.

In one of these cases, the offender was under the age of 14 at the time of the offence, and in another, the offender had been 13 at the time.

DCI Marie Wright said: “There are robust safeguarding measures in place around the decision to give an adult a caution in a rape investigation.

“We want to deter offenders and most importantly give victims the courage to come forward.”

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