Police offer no information on 86-year-old rapist charge

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Police have been unable to disclose details about an 86-year-old man who was charged with a rape in Milton Keynes.

Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request by the Citizen showed that between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012, an 86-year-old man was charged with rape - officially the oldest man Milton Keynes to be charged with a criminal offence during that period.

The youngest to face a criminal charge over the same 12 months were three 12 year olds who had been charged with common assault, ABH and burglary respectively.

However, despite requests by this newspaper for further information Thames Valley Police have been unable to ‘offer any information’ about the alleged rape case or any details about the accused or incidents he may been involved in.

LPA commander, Superintendent Barry Halliday, said: Such investigations of rape are always taken most seriously, it is a clear priority for both Thames Valley Police and indeed my officers here in Milton Keynes. When asked to reveal such details care is always given to ensure the criminal justice process is not compromised whilst at the same time ensuring any victims relating to such cases are afforded the protection as outlined within the legislation. Clearly there is a need to share such information when available to ensure the public are updated and as soon as more information can be disclosed this will of course be supplied.”