Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015 on 12:03 pm

Shocking footage shows woman being carried off by rapist in Leeds

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Shocking footage showing a woman being carried off by a rapist in Leeds has been released by detectives as part of an appeal to identify the man.

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Image: West Yorkshire Police.

Officers have released the footage along with other CCTV clips that show the man walking around Leeds city centre prior to the attack on a 24-year-old woman which happened in Mark Lane, next to the St John’s shopping centre, shortly after 5am on 14 August 2015.

The victim had been walking to get a taxi home after a night out when she was approached by the man in Kirkgate.

He spoke to her and walked alongside her along Briggate before they reached Dortmund Square where he picked her up in his arms and carried her to the scene of the attack a short distance away.

As part of the investigation, detectives have been carrying out an extensive trawl of CCTV cameras in the city centre and have identified the suspect at various locations.

He is shown loitering in a car park at the rear of the Malmaison hotel in Swinegate at about 4.40am. He is also seen approaching a woman on Swinegate at 4.45am.

He is also shown walking along Briggate.

He was described as black, aged 30 to 40, tall, with a shaved head. He was wearing a long black overcoat and black trousers.

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