Published On: Fri, Apr 24th, 2015 on 2:48 pm

Detectives investigating Leeds rape incident chase new leads

Detectives investigating the attempted murder and rape of a woman in Leeds are chasing up new leads following an appeal aired on BBC’s Crimewatch programme last night.

Leeds Bus Stop Rape CCTV

CCTV caught the shocking incident as it happened.

The 18-year-old victim told of her ordeal for the first time after she was attacked by a man as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road at about 10.40pm on 6 March.

She was dragged into a nearby garden and struck over the head numerous times with a large stone before being raped. She received serious head injuries and a fractured pelvis.

She said on Crimewatch: “I went to the bus stop. I was waiting for the bus to go home. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what happened. I’ve stopped sleeping because I can see what happened when I am trying to sleep.”

CCTV footage was released following the incident in an attempt to catch the perpetrator, and a new e-fit image of the suspect was issued yesterday.

Leeds Bus Stop Rape Suspect

An updated e-fit of the suspect.

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We had a huge response to the appeal and received more than 70 calls into the studio and the incident room, with more information continuing to come in to us today.

“The really encouraging aspect of it is the amount of callers who are involved in law enforcement, the prison service and mental health care, who have provided some really strong leads to follow up.

“We’ve had a number of names given to us and detectives are looking into those now. I’m really grateful for the help of the public and to all the people who have taken the time to give us information, which shows the strength of feeling there is to catch this dangerous individual.”

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for any information passed directly to them that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 01924 334710 or via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Images courtesy: West Yorkshire Police.

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