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Redditch man sentenced to life imprisonment for raping woman

A Redditch man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting raping a woman in the town.

Kenneth Hall, 56, of Haresfield Close, targeted the female victim in her 20s when she was walking along Alcester Street in the early hours of 29 September last year.

He assaulted her, before then raping her in an alleyway.

Hall was arrested later that day and charged with rape on 1 October where he was remanded in custody.

He previously pleaded not guilty to rape but later changed his plea to guilty on the third day of his trial on 19 March.

Hall must serve a minimum of 14 years after being sentenced at Hereford Crown Court yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Bailey from West Mercia Police said: "This was a despicable crime and demonstrates that Hall is clearly an extremely dangerous sex offender.

"His actions have had a huge impact on his victim who has shown great courage in working with police throughout the investigation and trial. Her bravery has ensured today's outcome and I hope that following today's sentence, she can start to rebuild her life.

"I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence to report their ordeal in the knowledge that they will be listened to and supported. Police will always investigate and do everything in their power to bring offenders to justice.

"If anyone has been affected by this case then I encourage them to come forward and make a report to police."

Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence is encouraged to report the incident to police, where specially trained officers will help victims with care and sensitivity, and will work to get the right result for them with their wishes in mind.

Victims can report offences to police on 101, while in an emergency you should call 999.

Alternatively, there are agencies you can approach for help, guidance or support which offer a variety of services.

See http://stoprapenow.co.uk/4284 for more information and for a list of the agencies available in your area.

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