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Young woman 'gang raped' at Bluewater shopping centre

By Lizzie Massey

A young woman was reportedly gang raped in a Bluewater car park.

Kent Police is investigating after the woman in her 20s was allegedly sexually assaulted by seven men. She is believed to have been waiting for a bus when she was allegedly bundled into a van before being subjected to a three-hour attack.

More information has now been released by Kent Police and can be found here.

Bluewater. Stock pic
Bluewater. Stock pic

A police spokesman said: “Kent Police is investigating after receiving a report that a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in a car park at Bluewater between 6.30pm and 9pm on 6 March.

"As part of ongoing inquiries, 11 arrests have been made in connection with the investigation.”

All those arrested in connection with the Mother's Day attack have been released on bail until May 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 while inquiries continue.

A spokesman for Bluewater said: "Kent Police is investigating an incident that took place in a Bluewater car park on March 6.

The car and Christmas presents were taken from the car park. Picture Grant Falvey
The car and Christmas presents were taken from the car park. Picture Grant Falvey

"From day one this has been a police matter and therefore we can’t and don’t comment on an ongoing investigation.

“The safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests is our highest priority.

"Bluewater’s security procedures are regularly reviewed and tested, and we have a 24 hour security team and dedicated onsite Kent police officers.

"As well as extensive CCTV across the whole of Bluewater, our car parks are patrolled and we have security vehicles that provide a further visible presence."

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