Teenagers charged with gang rape

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Eight teenagers appeared in court yesterday jointly charged with the gang rape and attempted murder of an Austrian woman tourist.

The youths, aged between 14 and 20, are accused of attacking the mother of two as she spent a weekend in London on a shopping trip. The alleged attack took place on the towpath of the Regents canal in the King's Cross area of London soon after midnight on 21 September.

Appearing at Westminster Youth Court in central London, the teenagers were also charged robbing the victim of pounds 50 cash, her leather jacket and her belt.