Police release CCTV footage of Leeds bus stop rape incident
Detectives investigating the attempted murder and serious sexual assault of a woman in Leeds have released CCTV footage of the incident.
The incident took place on 6 March when the 18-year-old was attacked by a man whilst she waited at a bus stop on Beeston Road.
She was dragged from the bus stop into a nearby garden and struck over the head numerous times with a large stone before being seriously sexually assaulted.
She received serious head injuries and a fractured hip.
The edited footage has been released with the consent of the victim and her family as part of the ongoing appeal for any information that could assist in identifying the suspect.
“We thought very long and hard about releasing this footage”
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We thought very long and hard about releasing this footage due to the dramatic nature of it. Securing the consent of the victim and her family was the main consideration and it is their express wish that we do this to assist in bringing this offender to justice.
“We felt it was important to give people a first-hand insight into the nature of this offence in the hope it will encourage them to think very carefully about anything they may have seen in the area around the time or if they have any suspicions about someone they know.
“We have understandably edited out the more graphic and disturbing moments when the victim is subjected to an appalling level of violence before being left for dead.
“It does however show the victim struggling with the man as she is dragged into a nearby garden from the bus stop on Beeston Road. The next clip shows the man walking calmly away as the victim lies motionless.”
Police yesterday issued an e-fit of the suspect.
The video below may contain scenes that some may find distressing.