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Hereford political party shocked by rape

A second ‘SHOCKING’ rape report has been made in Hereford just days after another rape was reported in the town.

The Hereford and South Herefordshire Labor Party, which is due to hold a Q&A event next month with police, councilors and other influential figures in the county, said it was shocked and worried by the crimes.

Police were called to the river path between Victoria Bridge over the Wye and nearby tennis courts in Hereford after a woman was raped between 9 and 10 p.m. on August 7.

This is the second report of rape in the area in just over a week, after a rape was reported further down the river road between Greyfriars Bridge and The Lines on July 31.

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A spokesperson for Hereford and South Herefordshire Labor said: “The second case of potential rape in Hereford is a truly shocking and disturbing crime.

“This issue is incredibly complex and now more than ever involves global influences and factors, such as the rise of Tiktok ‘star’ Andrew Tait on people’s decision to commit this most horrific and life changing,” the spokesperson said.

“Closer to home, one wonders what is being done locally.”

Nationally, over the past decade the police have been downsized by the government, while the local council have plans to increase CCTV operations, the spokesman said.

The party wonders if more could be done through education to ensure there is a wide message in Herefordshire.

“We hope this will reduce future events, but it is not about the here and now and the lack of security for women, girls and men, who are faced as they should be with an appalling abuse of power,” he said. said the spokesperson.

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With issues like this, the party thinks tough questions need to be asked and it predicted a second incident would occur.

“This is precisely why the next public meeting was already scheduled on this same issue, knowing as we unfortunately did that there would be another such tragic incident.”

The next meeting is September 28 at Hereford FC from 7-9 p.m. and hear from Community Safety Partnership Board Chair Ange Tyler, West Mercia Women’s Aid Director Sue Coleman and Unite Union’s Maureen Scott-Douglas.

Police and health officials will also be present at the event.

“Only together can we challenge this unacceptable situation and change the culture of what is, and never will be, ‘one of those things,'” the spokesperson said.