Police arrest 11 after 'sex attack' in Bluewater car park

PUBLISHED: 13:24 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 20 April 2016




Reports claim the victim, in her 20s, was attacked between 6.30pm and 9pm on Sunday March 6

Police have made 11 arrests after a woman reported being sexually assaulted by a gang in a car park at Bluewater shopping centre.

Kent Police are investigating reports that the victim, in her 20s, was attacked between 6.30pm and 9pm on Sunday March 6, a force spokesman said.

The 11 people arrested have been freed on police bail pending further inquiries - as bosses at the centre near Dartford said they have a vast security network in place.

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 inquiry.”

A spokesman for Bluewater, which is the fourth largest shopping centre in the UK, said: “Kent Police is investigating an incident that took place in a Bluewater car park on March 6.

“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 well-being 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 on-site 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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