OFFICERS involved in a rape investigation in Carlisle have made a third arrest in connection with the incident.

The rape is alleged to have occurred on Christmas Eve last year in Carlisle city centre.

Mohammad Rana Miah was arrested following the incident but subsequently bailed whilst investigations continued.

Miah, 38, of The Strand, Exmouth, Devon, was arrested this week in the Exmouth area.

He has been charged with rape and appeared at Carlisle Magistrates' Court on November 7.

No plea was entered.

He was remanded to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on December 6.

The victim is aware of developments and continues to be supported by specialist officers from Carlisle CID.