Woman ‘gang raped by men in doorway of disused Argos shop’

A woman has reported that she was repeatedly raped by several men in the doorway of a disused Argos shop.

Detectives are investigating the horrific incident involving a 40-year-old woman on the evening of Wednesday June 19, by a gang of men she described as tanned, slim and aged in their 30s.

The distressing rape was not reported until five days later.

The victim was given support and advice from specially trained officers while detectives worked with her to establish the full circumstances of the crime.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the rape, which took place in the doorway at a now empty Argos building in Chichester, West Sussex, and it was not yet known if the victim was known to the offenders.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “On the evening of Wednesday June 19, the 40-year-old woman was in a doorway at now empty Argos building in South Street, Chichester, when she was raped by several men.

“The men are all described as in their 30’s with tanned skin and of slim build.”

Detective Inspector Sally Arbuckle of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “If you were out and about in Chichester city centre that Wednesday evening, June 19, and saw any suspicious activity, especially towards the bottom of South Street near the railway station, we would like to speak to you.

Officers will be in South Street this Wednesday evening, one week on from the crime, so if you are there and can help please speak to them.

“If you can help in any way please also contact us online or by calling 101.

“This was an isolated but very distressing incident involving a vulnerable person, and we need to trace those involved. “