Rape of woman in Orpington graveyard could have been prevented, police admit

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POLICE have admitted the rape of a woman in an Orpington graveyard may have been prevented but for mistakes that led to her attacker's release.

James Steve Isted, of Tintagel Road, Orpington was found guilty of two counts of rape at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday (December 18).

Both offences took place in the grounds of All Saints Church, Bark Hart Road.

Isted was arrested in connection with the first offence in October 2011 and released on bail.

In August 2012, he was advised he was no longer on police bail due to a lack of evidence against him, but that the investigation was ongoing.

The 27-year-old then raped a second woman in May this year.

A police spokesman said: "The MPS acknowledges that in this case we made mistakes, and we have apologised to the victim of the second offence.

"Had certain actions been taken earlier, a second offence may have been prevented.

"We voluntarily referred the matter to the IPCC who took the decision to return it to the MPS to be looked at locally.

"That investigation, by officers from our directorate of professional standards, is ongoing and will continue now that the court case is complete."

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3:56pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bojimbo26 says...

Apologies to second victim . Meh .
Apologies to second victim . Meh . bojimbo26

4:11pm Sun 22 Dec 13

molsey says...

Must be at least 20 comments on this story removed up to now, such is the strength of feeling towards Mr Isted.
Must be at least 20 comments on this story removed up to now, such is the strength of feeling towards Mr Isted. molsey

5:49pm Sun 22 Dec 13

HearTheFacts says...

So the police admits to mistakes being made. Are the officers that made these serious mistakes still working?. Will they be brought to justice?.

No just another cover up, by the police. Saying sorry will be o.k, unless It's a police officer thats been harmed.
So the police admits to mistakes being made. Are the officers that made these serious mistakes still working?. Will they be brought to justice?. No just another cover up, by the police. Saying sorry will be o.k, unless It's a police officer thats been harmed. HearTheFacts

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