Police end sex attack inquiry

A TEENAGER arrested in connection with a sex assault investigation has been released with out charge.

Police say no further action will be taken after concluding “the circumstances of the incident were not as initially reported”.

Over 50 officers were drafted in to investigate after getting reports a serious sexual assault had taken place on a girl in an alleyway between New Quay Road and Baxtergate.

The victim had told officers she was attacked by an unknown man between 8.30pm and 9pm on Wednesday 12 September after leaving a nearby youth club. A teenage boy was arrested in connection with the incident on Friday 21 September and bailed pending further enquiries.

News of the incident sent shockwaves through the town and an incident van was set up at Dock End while extra police patrols were organised.

This week a spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “The thorough and extensive investigation by North Yorkshire Police, has resulted in officers being able to conclude that the circumstances of the incident were not as initially reported and that there are no threats in existence to the wider community.

“We again thank the people of Whitby for the support they gave to the investigation. We hope any associated concerns and fears within the community and beyond can now be allayed.”