Man charged with 1980 rape

A man arrested in North Devon will appear at Exeter Crown Court for rape and four counts of carrying offensive weapons.

A man arrested in Bideford on Tuesday has been charged with rape in connection with an incident in Slough in 1980.

Grant Thorowgood, 53, of Rowe Close, Bideford, appeared before North Devon Magistrates on Wednesday charged with four counts of carrying offensive weapons and one count of rape.

The self-employed builder was committed to Exeter Crown Court for trial which will begin on May 1.

He was arrested as part of an investigation by Thames Valley Police, assisted by officers from Devon and Cornwall Police.

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