Police want to speak to two women who were at a pub in Weymouth as part of an investigation into an alleged rape.

As reported, Dorset Police were called just before 10.40pm on Sunday, February 18, raising concern for the welfare of a woman in the Park District area.

Officers attended and located the woman, aged in her 20s, who reported she had been raped by a man in an alleyway off Stanley Street and Queen Street between 9.15pm and 9.30pm earlier in the same evening.

READ MORE: Woman told police she was raped in Weymouth alleyway

Dorset Echo:

Following the report, the police launched an appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A 61-year-old man from Weymouth was later arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

READ MORE: Police appeal after report of rape in Weymouth alleyway

Police are now looking to speak to two women who were in The Tides Inn in King Street at around 10.15pm, and had spoken to a woman in distress outside the pub, to help with their enquiries. 

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Third, of the major crime investigation team, said: “We are continuing to provide support to the victim while our enquiries are ongoing.

“I would now like to specifically appeal to two women who were in The Tides Inn in King Street at around 10.15pm and spoke to a woman in distress outside the pub to please come forward, as they may have important information to help our enquiries.

“Extensive enquiries are continuing into this incident and I would ask anyone with information who has not already spoken to police to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240025407. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.