Police drop serious sexual assault investigation

A police officer in the doorway of the White Horse pub on Bootham. Police have since left the area. Photographs: YorkMix
23 Apr 2018 @ 11.53 am
| Crime, News

Police have dropped a serious sexual assault investigation, concluding that no crime has been committed.

Officers spent the day looking into claims that an assault took place in the Bootham area overnight between Sunday and Monday (April 22 and 23).

A 31 year-old man was arrested and taken into police custody for questioning.

In an update this evening, a North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the man had been released without charge. She said:

Following enquiries, detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in the Bootham area of York overnight between Sunday 22 and Monday 23 April 2018 have now concluded their investigation and do not believe a crime has been committed.

A 31 year-old man, who was arrested in connection with the incident, has been released with no further action to be taken.

The White Horse as seen earlier with police officers stationed at both doors

Police activity on Monday had been centred on the White Horse pub, on the corner of the busy junction with Gillygate and Exhibition Square.

A squad car was parked outside York Art Gallery in the square.

And officers were stationed on each of the two doors of the White Horse. Police have now left the area.

One of the officers stationed at the pub earlier on Monday
A police car parked in Exhibition Square round the corner from the White Horse