Dozens in sex fiend DNA tests

CID officer Tina McCarthy with the DNA kits police have been using during the sex attack  inquiry                    Picture: Star Photographer
CID officer Tina McCarthy with the DNA kits police have been using during the sex attack inquiry Picture: Star Photographer
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DNA swabs have been taken from dozens of men in Sheffield in a mass screening exercise to find the sex fiend who attacked a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from school.

Detectives have revealed they have obtained the attacker’s DNA profile - but that it does not match any of the DNA samples already stored on the national database.

Police organised a mass screening of men living close to the crime scene and of others whose names were suggested by members of the public as possible culprits.

All men who were asked to give a voluntary DNA sample agreed to the tests being carried out - and none of their profiles matched that of the brute who grabbed the schoolgirl and subjected her to a terrifying assault on land between Fox Hill Road and Edge Well Crescent, Fox Hill, in November.

He was white, spotty, with gelled brown hair, a long skinny face, and a pointed dimpled chin and pointed nose.

Today Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge, overseeing the investigation, said men can be eliminated from the inquiry easily with a simple mouth swab and urged anyone with suspicions to get in touch.

He said the sex attack was “predatory” and aimed at a defenceless young girl. “We have a forensic sample for the offender but he is not on the DNA database,” DCI Etheridge told