As previously reported by Island Echo, officers sealed off an area of the graveyard at St Catherine’s Church early yesterday evening as part of an investigation into a serious sexual assault against a woman.
It has been confirmed this morning that a 35-year-old man from Sandown has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
The incident is said to have occurred at around 17:30.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has told Island Echo:
“Officers are investigating following an incident which took place in the church yard on Church Street, Ventnor at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, 18 June.
“A 35-year-old man from Sandown has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He is currently in police custody.”
The woman is being supported by specialist officers at this time.
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