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Man charged with rape and sexual assault

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We’ve charged a 25-year-old man with rape and sexual assault.

William Fernandez, of no fixed address, has been remanded in custody pending an appearance at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 19 May.

The rape charge relates to an incident in Bristol on Wednesday, 12 May.

The sexual assault charge relates to an incident in Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday, 11 May.

Both victims have been given access to specialist support services.

Fernandez, who was arrested by Avon and Somerset officers in Newport on Friday, has also been charged with assaulting an emergency worker following an incident in police custody.

Anyone affected by this inquiry is encouraged to contact police on 101.

If you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse, recent or non-recent, you don’t have to speak to the police. You can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.