Life for man who raped woman on Bromham Road

Daniel Williams. Image: Bedfordshire Police
Daniel Williams. Image: Bedfordshire Police

A ‘dangerous’ rapist who followed and then raped a woman in the early hours of the morning on Bromham Road, Bedford in 2022 has been jailed for life.

At around 7.15am on 17 January 2022, Daniel Williams, 36, was in the Biddenham Road area on his bike.

He followed the victim before grabbing her from behind, dragging her to the floor and carrying out the serious sexual assault.

After the attack, the victim flagged down a member of the public for help, who helped her contact the Police for support.

Following an investigation, Williams was forensically linked to the attack and arrested shortly after.

In a statement provided by the victim, she spoke about the impact the rape has had on her life.

She said: “When I started going out, I felt insecure. When I was walking, I felt like someone was following me or would attack me unexpectedly. I felt lonely. I did not want to worry my family.

“Before that incident, I did housework, visited friends, went to work, and was always cheerful. Now I am depressed and sometimes I do not want to talk to anyone, I am withdrawn, and sometimes I want to talk to someone, but I have no one to talk to.

“Even though I try to forget about it, sometimes it comes back to me because it would stay in every woman’s head and heart.”

Williams, of Clarks Row, Oxford, was found guilty of one count of rape and today (Friday) sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of six years.

Detective Constable Peta Simpson from Bedfordshire Police’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) team, who led the investigation, said: “Williams is a threat to women, a sexual predator and has continued to demonstrate that he is a dangerous man.

“He was an opportunist offender who preyed on a lone woman in daylight before carrying out this appalling sexual assault and has continued to show no remorse for his actions.

“I would like to commend the victim in this case for her true courage to reach out for support from a member of the public and speak to officers, which helped ensure Williams is facing a significant period behind bars.

“Attacks like these are extremely rare, however, women deserve to and should feel safe in public spaces.

“They should not have to look over their shoulders, or worry about who is approaching them, and we will always relentlessly pursue the vile perpetrators of such abhorrent behaviour.”

Update: This article was updated at 11:27 on 27 January 2024 to correct the place the incident took place in the headline and the story after incorrect information was provided by Bedfordshire Police. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused our readers.

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