Investigation launched after woman raped following Sheffield taxi ride

Police are investigating after a 25-year-old woman was reportedly raped in a taxi on her way out of Sheffield city centre in the early hours of this morning.
Police are investigating after a 25-year-old woman was reportedly raped in a taxi on her way out of Sheffield city centre in the early hours of this morning.
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A police investigation has been launched after a 25-year-old woman was reportedly raped after getting in a taxi leaving Sheffield city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident is believed to have occurred at about 4.50am in the Duke Street area of Sheffield.

Temporary Detective Inspector Graham Stead, said: “We believe the woman got into a taxi from the city centre, close to West Street, and was taken to the Duke Street area, where the offence is said to have occurred in the car.

“An investigation is now underway and we have a dedicated team of officers working on this.

"This is being treated as an absolute priority and we are already pursuing a number of strong lines of enquiry.

"A thorough review of CCTV footage of the area, including the route we believe the taxi took, is also now underway.

“The woman is being supported by specialist officers and I’d urge anyone who has any information about what happened to contact us.

“If you can help, or have any concerns, please call 101 quoting incident number 235 of October 23, 2016.”

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.