A TEENAGE girl has reportedly been raped after she got off a train in south Shropshire.

West Mercia Police said it believes the 17-year-old girl was walking through an alley near Craven Arms train station when she was raped.

A significant number of officers are investigating, police said, and there will be more patrols in the town as a result.

Officers say the rape was reported at 1.43am on Thursday (April 15), with the rape believed to have happened just after midnight when the victim got off a train from Ludlow.

Officers are carrying out enquiries within the area and a scene guard is in place while the investigation is ongoing.

Shrewsbury Detective Inspector Dafydd Jones said: “We understand incidents such as this are extremely concerning to the community and we would like to reassure the public that we are following every line of enquiry and that there will be an increased number of patrols in the area while the investigation continues.

"Please be assured there are a significant number of officers dedicated to this investigation and the scene guard will be in place overnight while they carry out searches and make their enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 024i of April 15, or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.