Woman raped in A4 layby after stopping car to check on abandoned child car seat

A woman was raped in a layby after she stopped driving to check on an abandoned car seat, police said.

The grim attack took place at around midnight on Sunday 16 August on the A4 in Thatcham.

After the victim spotted the seat on the ground in the layby, she thought a child could be at risk and stopped to check.

But there was no child and after leaving her vehicle the vile incident took place, reports The Mirror.

Top cop Alice Broad said: "This is a concerning incident that has understandably caused anxiety in the local community.

“However, such offences are extremely rare and a thorough investigation is underway to identify the offender.

"The victim has provided a full account of the incident and is being supported by specially trained officers. Due to the victim's account, we are now in a position to provide further information to the public.”

Detective Broad said the force hasn’t confirmed whether the empty car sear is significant to the crime.

But she urged the public to ring the police if they see anything on a roadside that concerns them.

“The investigation is working at pace to identify the suspect of this offence,” she continued.

“"We can confirm that we believe the offender was not known to the victim.

"The victim was driving on the A4 before the offence occurred.

“She stopped her vehicle at the scene because she saw a child's car seat in a layby and was concerned there might be a child at risk because the car seat was empty.

"Thames Valley Police is working to understand the significance of the child's car seat and whether it is linked to the offence.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can access survivor's support here or call the Samaritans on 116 123.


The force is appealing for anyone with footage – dashcam, mobile phone or CCTV – from the A4 in Thatcham between around 11pm on Sunday, August 15 and 12.15am on Monday, August 16 to come forward.

Anyone with any information should call 101 quoting the reference Op Fax 43210366130.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or goonline.

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