DETECTIVES say they are continuing to investigate the rape of a 14-year-old Oxford schoolgirl but that the reported abduction did not take place. 

Thames Valley Police also confirmed officers are still to make any arrests since the incident was first reported on September 28. 

The force said today: "We are no longer investigating an abduction but continue to investigate the reported rape."

After a thorough review, a spokeswoman said, officers were also 'no longer looking for a small silver hatchback vehicle' originally thought to be connected to the case.

In a wider public statement issued this afternoon, it added: "A 14-year-old girl reported that she was taken from the street while walking on her way to school in the area of Marston Ferry Road and Banbury Road by two men in a silver car at around 8.25am, and then raped.

"The Major Crime Unit has carried out a thorough review of the evidence including CCTV, dash-cam footage and witness statements.

"Thames Valley Police continue to investigate an offence of rape against the victim and are following all lines of enquiries to establish what has taken place.

"Specially trained officers and staff from the police, Oxfordshire County Council Children’s Services, Health and other agencies continue to work with the victim, at her pace.

"We can confirm that the evidence gathered indicates that the reported abduction did not take place.

"Thames Valley Police thank the public and local community for coming forward with information to support this investigation; at this stage of the investigation we are no longer appealing for further information."

Local Police Commander for Oxford City, Supt Joe Kidman said: "This incident has understandably caused a great deal of community concern.

"Attacks such as initially reported are mercifully rare and will always be treated extremely seriously and thoroughly investigated.

"In the weeks after the incident higher visibility patrols were in place to provide reassurance and gather information.

"We have worked with schools in the area on their security plans and are ready to respond to concerns raised."

When asked what advice he would continue to provide to concerned parents, Mr Kidman added: "The safety advice we have issued with Oxfordshire County Council is good general safety advice, and a common sense approach should be applied at parents and carers discretion.

"You know your children and your area. Oxford remains a safe city for everyone to live, work, study and visit."