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Orpington man charged with two counts of rape after alleged attack at All Saints Church

PUBLISHED: 12:50 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:50 10 May 2013

A man charged after allegedly raping a woman on the grounds of an Orpington church on Wednesday is also suspected of comitting a similar crime two years ago.

James Steve Isted, 26, of Tintagel Road, Orpington appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday of last week charged with two counts of rape, two counts of robbery and assault on a police officer.

He did not enter a plea and has been remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court on July 8.

Detectives from Sapphire are investigating the attack on the grounds of All Saints Church, in Church Hill, at around 1.30pm.

Officers chased the suspect from the scene and later arrested Isted in a nearby road. A woman in her 20s was taken to a local hospital for treatment to her injuries and has now been discharged. A police officer also required treatment to a deep wound in his hand.

Isted is thought to have carried out a similar crime on September 30, 2011 also in the Orpington area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 8721 4614.

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