Published: 14:00, 11 January 2018
Police investigating a report a man was dragged into a park and raped by two men say they have now established it did not happen.
The alleged attack was said to have happened on Friday, December 22, in the Military Road play area between Falala Way and Old Ruttington Lane in Canterbury.
In an earlier appeal to the public, detectives investigating the report said a man in his 20s was walking alone when two black men grabbed him and pulled him into the park.
They asked for witnesses to come forward, particularly a passer-by who was reported to have helped the man by taking him to property in nearby North Holmes Road.
Now, they have confirmed the allegation was not true.
A police spokesman said: "Officers from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate are no longer investigating a reported rape in Canterbury.
"It was reported that a man was raped by two men in a park at the junction between Old Ruttington Lane and Falala Way on 22 December.
"Following a thorough review of the circumstances it has been established that the offence did not take place.
"The informant has been made aware of the outcome of the investigation and investigating officers now consider the matter closed."
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