A man has been charged with the rape and false imprisonment of an 18-year-old woman more than 40 years ago.

Peter Pickering, 79, from Berkshire, is accused of abducting and raping the woman in Deepcar, near Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, in 1972.

He was charged following a review of cold cases by West Yorkshire Police, which uncovered evidence of an alleged “prolonged” attack.

Mr Pickering is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 19 September.


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