WEST Mercia Police has confirmed that it is reinvestigating the attempted rape of a woman in Redditch in 1996 following the acquittal of a postman who had served 17 years for the crime.

Victor Nealon, who was living in Redditch at the time of the attack, was wrongly convicted of attempted rape and jailed for life in 1997.

After almost a third of his life behind bars he was freed last December when the conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal.

The appeal judges made their decision after hearing that fresh DNA evidence cast doubt on the jury's original verdict.

A review of the case was immediately launched by police following Mr Nealon's release.

Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee said: "The case review which we have carried out has highlighted some areas where reinvestigation is necessary.

"This includes the forensic results relating to the victim's clothing which were detailed during the appeal hearing.

"Given the historic nature of this matter further investigation may take a considerable amount of time."

He added: "We are continuing to liaise over this with the victim and we have also informed Mr Nealon and his representatives."

Mr Nealon, who spent 17 years in Wakefield Prison, was convicted for an attack on a young woman leaving Racquets nightclub in 1996.

He denied attempted rape but was convicted after a trial at Hereford Crown Court and given a life term.

An appeal in 1998 failed.

The Advertiser reported in 2010 how crucial forensic evidence was left untested and independent tests carried found matching traces of saliva and other DNA samples on the victim's blouse and bra from an unknown male.

Speaking earlier this year Mr Nealon admitted it would be difficult to adjust to life outside of prison and stressed that he was keen to show his support to the victim and make sure that she gets justice, urging West Mercia Police to reopen the case.