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Bishop's Stortford resident Wayne Rogers charged with serious sexual assault on man



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A man has today (Wednesday May 27) been charged in connection with a serious sexual assault on another man in the street in Bishop’s Stortford four days before Christmas.

The attack happened in the South Road area of the town in the early hours of Saturday December 21, 2019, when a man in his 30s was targeted after a night out.

The Shell Little Waitrose Thorley garage at the junction of South Road and London Road, near where the sex assault happened. Pic: Vikki Lince (35380900)
The Shell Little Waitrose Thorley garage at the junction of South Road and London Road, near where the sex assault happened. Pic: Vikki Lince (35380900)

An investigation was launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit. Extensive enquiries took place, including house-to-house visits, CCTV trawls and forensic explorations.

On April 15, a warrant was executed at a property in Plaw Hatch Close, Bishop’s Stortford, where a man was arrested in connection with the investigation and released on police bail while enquiries continued.

Today, Wayne Rogers, 44, of Plaw Hatch Close, has been charged with assault by penetration, sexual assault and possession of a class A drug. He has been bailed to appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on July 22.

Plaw Hatch Close, Bishop's Stortford. Police and forensics on the scene at a flat in Plaw Hatch Close. .Pic Vikki Lince. (35380801)
Plaw Hatch Close, Bishop's Stortford. Police and forensics on the scene at a flat in Plaw Hatch Close. .Pic Vikki Lince. (35380801)

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, from the major crime unit, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was an extremely traumatic ordeal for the victim who, understandably, is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened to him. He is being supported by specialist officers at this time while the case progresses.”

People can report still report information to police by calling the incident room on 01707 355666, quoting Op Tapia.

They can also report online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the force communications room via an online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report information online at crimestoppers-uk.org.



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