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Former Worcestershire County Cricketer sentenced to five years in prison

A Former Worcestershire County Cricketer has been sentenced today (Tuesday 30 April) at Hereford Crown Court to spend five years in prison after being found guilty of rape.

Alex Hepburn, 23, of Portland Street, Worcester was found guilty by the jury on Friday 12 April.

Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wall said: "We welcome the sentence today and I hope it will offer some comfort to the victim, who has shown great courage and strength in coming forward in reporting this to us, throughout the investigation and in giving evidence in court.

"I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence that they will be believed and listened to by specially trained officers and that we will do everything to bring offenders to justice."

He continued: "If you are a victim of a sexual offence you can report it to police on 101 or via West Mercia's Victim Advice Line on 0800 952 3000. In an emergency dial 999."

If you do not feel comfortable speaking to officers you can contact a referral centre which specialises in helping victims of rape and sexual assault - including providing medical care and counselling. For information and details on how to contact or refer please visit the Get Help page of the Stop Rape Now website stoprapenow.co.uk

Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault who feels they may need support, or may not want to contact the police West Mercia's Victim Advice Line is a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk

 

Issued: 3.15pm, 30 April 2019, MC, Corporate Communications

 

Published 30/04/19