A MAN raped a woman inside a Banbury flat this morning after she tried to help him.

He approached his 27-year-old victim as she walked in West Bar Street, near the Horse and Jockey pub, and asked for help.

Thames Valley Police said the incident happened between 7am and 7.15am. 

The force said the woman agreed to help him and walked with him to a nearby flat.

A statement issued by police this afternoon said: "Once inside, he restrained her and raped her, before leaving on foot in the direction of People’s Park."

The woman tried to get help from passersby after the ordeal, and police want to speak to anyone who thinks they might have seen this.

Officers were called and a 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident, who is currently in police custody.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Tracey Benham, of Banbury Force CID, said: “I understand that this incident may cause concern in the community, but I would like to reassure people that a thorough investigation is underway and that an arrest has been made in connection with it. We also believe that this was an isolated incident.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, who might be able to help with our investigation.

“After the rape occurred, the victim tried to attract the attention of passers-by, so if you think you may have seen this happening, you might have vital information and I would urge you to make contact with us.

“If you have any information which you think could be relevant, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101, quoting reference number 43190217848.”

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.