Police seal off former Co-op site as investigation begins

Friday, 12th June 2020

POLICE sealed off the car park of the former Co-op Superstore on Ninian Way in Wilnecote yesterday (Thursday) as part of an investigation in to a sexual assault.

Officers were called yesterday afternoon, Thursday 11 June at 1340 BST due to the report of a sexual assault which is said to have occurred on Wednesday.

As part of the investigation, which is in its early stages, officers were dispatched to the site of the former Co-operative Superstore on Ninian Way, Wilnecote and the area was taped off for some time.

Reports yesterday on social media claimed that a body had been found and we can confirm this is NOT the case.

No further information is available at this time and we would ask people not to speculate.

Police at the scene yesterday.

Police officers at the scene in Wilnecote.

At Tamworth Informed our thoughts are with the victim and their family.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson told Tamworth Informed: “ Police were called at 1.40pm yesterday (11 June) to a report of a sexual assault.

“The incident allegedly took place on Wednesday 10 June in an area off Wilnecote Lane in Belgrave, Tamworth.

“The investigation is in its early stages.

“Anyone with any relevant information can contact 101, quoting incident number 266 of 11 June.”

You can pass information to Staffordshire Police by calling 101, via their website www.staffordshire.police.uk or via their Facebook or Twitter pages.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

READ MORE: New free service to support victims of sexual assault

Support

If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn’t your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to get help.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, there are services that can help. You don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to. You may need time to think about what has happened to you.

However, consider getting medical help as soon as possible, because you may be at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you want the crime to be investigated, the sooner a forensic medical examination takes place, the better.

Try not to wash or change your clothes immediately after a sexual assault. This may destroy forensic evidence that could be important if you decide to report the assault to the police.

Where you go for help will depend on what’s available in your area and what you want to do. For specialist medical attention and sexual violence support, whether you decide to have a forensic medical examination or not, your first point of call is a sexual assault referral centre (SARC).

The following services will also provide treatment or support, and can refer you to another service if you need more specialist help (such as a SARC):

  • a doctor or practice nurse at your GP surgery
  • a voluntary organisation, such as Women’s Aid, Victim Support, The Survivors Trust or Survivors UK (for male victims of sexual assault)
  • the free, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
  • the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year)
  • a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department
  • a genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinic
  • a contraceptive clinic
  • a young people’s service
  • NHS 111
  • the police, or dial 101
  • in an emergency, dial 999