A woman was raped in an alleyway close to York Railway Station.

The attacked happened on Thursday afternoon (September 13).

The victim, a woman in her twenties, was assaulted by a man in an alleyway leading to the station.

Detectives from British Transport Police (BTP) are investigating – and are appealing for witnesses.

‘Very distressing incident’

The view from Queen Street
A number of immediate enquiries are already underway, including seizing CCTV evidence and identifying any witnesses. No arrests have been made at this time.

Detective Inspector Granville Sellers from British Transport Police said:

  • This would have been a very distressing incident for the victim and we have specially trained officers providing her with support.

    A number of urgent lines of enquiry are underway and I am today appealing for witnesses to this incident to get in touch.

    If you were near York station yesterday afternoon and saw anyone acting suspiciously, please get in touch as soon as possible.

    Thankfully incidents like this are incredibly rare and a full and thorough investigation is now underway to find the person responsible.

Large police cordon

There was a significant police presence
A large area around the York Railway Institute sport centre has been cordoned off.

Police tape stretches from close to the entrance, sealing off the buildings round the corner to the car park facing the railway station.

A Fiat 500 was also taped off.

As well as several police vans, one fire engine from Acomb station was also at the scene.

Cars and police vans near the Railway Institute sports centre
Police officers were directing visitors as to where they could still park. The institute and the sports centre are still open, as is the Autohorn car park.

A scenes of crime officer was taking pictures from under the bridge.

Staff didn’t know what was happening. They posted a note on the window of the sports centre door saying: “Please don’t ask staff what is going on outside, cos we don’t know.”

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Contact British Transport by text on 61016
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
Or call the BTP on 0800 40 50 40
Quote reference number 578 of 13 September

Officers direct visitors
The police cordon
Staff were in the dark – this was posted on the institute sports centre door
Police outside the institute
A scene of crimes officer taking photographs
A view towards Queen Street
The fire engine and more tape
A British Transport Police officer at the scene
Police officers were directing visitors
Police tape on the side nearest the railway station
A Fiat 500 was also taped off
The tape went round the corner of the old buildings
A fire engine from Acomb in the institute car park