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Police service asks fellow force to review its handling of 42-year-old gang rape case after victim appeals to rugby players who saw attack

A police service has asked a fellow force to review its handling of a 42-year-old gang rape case as the victim appeals to rugby players who saw the attack. 

Devon and Cornwall police force, who on Tuesday launched a public appeal for witnesses of the gang rape of a 17 year old girl in 1978, have said that they asked a fellow force to look into their handling of the case in 1993. 

The woman, known only as Jane, initially reported the incident to the Devon and Cornwall police force in 1993 but no suspects were found. 

The force’s handling of the case at that time is now being reviewed by the Avon and Somerset Police force and an investigation is ongoing. 

Jane reported the incident again to the Devon and Cornwall force and a new investigation was launched in 2015. 

She is now appealing for two key witnesses to come forward. The victim was just 17 when she was subjected to multiple rapes by a ‘seven or eight men’ who were all described as white, clean shaven, and are believed to have been in their 20s.

The woman said she has never given up hope of getting justice for the 1978 attack where she was taken to a hotel in Plymouth, Devon, before being overpowered by her attackers.

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