A WOMAN was followed leaving a nightclub in Banbury and raped in a nearby alleyway.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the 20-year-old woman was attacked after leaving Moo Moo Clubrooms in the town's High Street.  

The attack took place in an alleyway near to the club at about 11.15pm last night.

The attacker was described by police as a white man with a moustache.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Matt Bick, based at Banbury police station, said: "This is clearly a very distressing incident, which I understand will cause concern in the community, but I would like to reassure people that we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation.

"People are likely to see an increased police presence in Banbury town centre today while officers carry out enquiries.

"As we are in the early stages of this investigation, we are unable to release further details of the incident at this time, but we will provide updates when it is possible for us to do so.

"I would ask anyone who has any information which they think could relate to the incident, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact us."

Thames Valley Police has a scene watch in place while the investigation is carried out and the victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.