St Helens man charged with rape

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A St Helens man has appeared in court charged with raping a 19-year-old woman.

Gareth Burke, 24, was arrested last Friday in connection with a sexual assault in Jubilee Park, Roby, on January 13.

Police say the woman was walking through the park at about 11.45pm when she was approached by a man near a childrens play area.

The man produced a knife and a struggle ensued.

The offender then fled from the park, using the Lincombe Road exit, onto Barnwood Road and into Dinas Lane.

The woman was said to have been left “extremely distressed” by her ordeal.

Burke, of Thompson Street, Thatto Heath, appeared before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on April 7.