A 66-year-old man has been charged with a stranger rape in Cardiff dating back 41 years.
Roland Long was arrested on 15th September 2020, and was charged last week on 3rd August, 2021. He is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on 27th August 2021.
His arrest follows an investigation by the South Wales Police Specialist Crime Review Unit into an incident in the Roath area of Cardiff in August 1980.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Miles, head of the South Wales Police Specialist Crime Review Unit, said:
“We remain committed to investigating undetected serious crimes and often re-look at cases as forensic science develops.
“Help and support is available for all victims of sexual violence and I would encourage any victims; no matter how long ago the offence was perpetrated, to come forward.”
Over the past year, the unit – under the name of Operation Dudley – has been researching undetected serious sexual offences across South Wales dating back many decades.
The unit has been recognised nationally and has previously pioneered cold case investigative techniques.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 2000241680.