Adam Riding of Southport charged with rape

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Merseyside Police can confirm a 24-year-old man has been charged with rape following an incident in Southport on Saturday, 17 May.

Adam Riding, 24, of No Fixed Abode was arrested and subsequently charged with rape on Sunday, 18 May.

Riding was remanded in custody to appear at Sefton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 19 June.


Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has been arrested after a 17-year-old female reported that she had been raped in Southport in the early hours of this morning, Saturday, 17 May.

Patrols were called to Lord Street, at around 5.05am, after a young woman stopped two members of the public and made the report.

Officers attended and carried out enquiries in the area. A short time later, a 24-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of rape.

He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he is now being questioned by detectives.

Part of a churchyard close to Lord Street was cordoned-off for a time whilst officers from the force’s specialist Unity team carried out a forensic examination of the area.

An investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hampson from the force’s Matrix Serious & Organised Crime specialist Unity Team said: “The young woman is now being supported by specially trained officers.

“Merseyside Police takes every report of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to come forward.”

Neighbourhood Inspector for Southport, Darren Wilson, said: “Patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community and will remain so over the coming days.”

Anyone with information is asked to call officers from the specialist Unity Team on 0151 777 3296 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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