DETECTIVES investigating an allegation of rape in Christchurch have dropped their investigation.

Officers were called after an incident in a wooded area near Hinton Admiral Train Station at around 4pm on Monday, August 14.

The complainant, a woman in her 20s, said she had been sexually assaulted by a man near a makeshift shelter in the woods to the south of the train line off Station Road.

The man and the complainant are understood to be known to each other.

A 30-year-old man from the New Milton area was arrested on suspicion of rape and released under investigation.

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said on Wednesday: "Following a detailed and thorough investigation a decision has now been made that no further police action will be taken. The woman has been updated.

"Dorset Police remains committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences and encourages any victims to report matters so they can be investigated.

"If a victim is not sure whether he or she wishes to report the matter to the police, they can do so anonymously via Dorset’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre – The Shores – where expert support and care will be received.

"The Shores can be contacted on 01202 552056."