Man in his 40s arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with alleged ‘serious sexual assault’ near Ely Cathedral

Police officers on guard near to where an alleged sexious sexual assault took place in the early hou

Police officers on guard near to where an alleged sexious sexual assault took place in the early hours of today near to Ely Cathedral. PHOTO: John Elworthy - Credit: Archant

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with the alleged “serious sexual assault” near Ely Cathedral.

Area around Ely Cathedral cordoned off. PHOTO: John Elworthy

Area around Ely Cathedral cordoned off. PHOTO: John Elworthy - Credit: Archant

The incident happened yesterday morning (Monday, August 6) and the man was booked into custody that evening.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with a serious sexual assault near the cathedral in Ely.

“He is currently being booked into custody.”

A major investigation went under way in the city as police investigated what they describe as a “serious sexual assault” near the cathedral.

Area around Ely Cathedral cordoned off as police investigate. PHOTO: John Elworthy

Area around Ely Cathedral cordoned off as police investigate. PHOTO: John Elworthy - Credit: Archant


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Onlookers were being turned away and police officers who cordoned off part of the grounds in the Steeple Row area.

The police spokesman confirmed that officers are “investigating to establish what happened.

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“We were called at just gone 1am [on Monday, August 6] with reports of a serious sexual assault near the cathedral in Ely.”

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