POLICE have praised the bravery of a witness after a Gwynedd man was jailed for eight years for raping a woman in Caernarfon.

Andrew John Maylor, who is 38, was sent to prison by Caernarfon Crown Court, on Thursday (June 7) after raping a woman in the town last December.

Investigating Officer DC Thomas Barrett of the Amethyst Team, North Wales Police, said: “I would like to acknowledge the bravery shown by the victim in this case in coming forward and giving evidence.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the witnesses who had the courage to come and give their account to the court. I hope that this sentence reassures the public that North Wales Police will relentlessly pursue those who cause the greatest harm to our community.”

North Wales Police provides specialist services to support victims and encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to come forward.

Reporting a sexual offence is about empowering victims and ensuring they have access to specialist support they may require.

If a victim does not feel ready to report to the Police then services can be accessed through the confidential Amethyst SARC Helpline on 0808 156 3658.