Men face DNA test to catch city rapist

Crimewatch Sheffield'Stills from Crimewatch''Officers from Sheffield make nationwide appeal on BBC Crimewatch programme
Crimewatch Sheffield'Stills from Crimewatch''Officers from Sheffield make nationwide appeal on BBC Crimewatch programme
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Forty men could be DNA tested as part of a police probe to find a rapist who attacked a Sheffield teenager on her way home from school.

Their names were suggested as possible culprits when South Yorkshire Police made a nationwide appeal for help in tracing the attacker on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Officers have the rapist’s DNA profile and have already carried out tests on around 80 men who live in and around the Fox Hill area, where the rapist struck.

He targeted a 14-year-old girl as she walked along a path through a small wooded area between Fox Hill Road and Edge Well Crescent on Thursday, November 4.

The attacker grabbed her from behind and put his hand over her mouth before pushing her on to a small embankment where he raped her.

Det Chf Insp Phil Etheridge, said detectives were given 30 names on the night of the TV appeal and another 10 had been passed to Crimestoppers.

“We had a tremendous response to the appeal and now work is under way to research all the names provided to us which may involve us seeking a voluntary DNA sample. We can easily eliminate people from this inquiry.”

He said he was pleased with the response the appeal had generated.

“We had 30 calls at the studio, with our appeal generating more than any other on that night,” said DCI Etheridge.

“A lot of the names are new to us and they will not know they have been suggested.

“Our plan is to visit them over the next week to obtain voluntary DNA samples and assess their ability to be the offender.”

The rapist was white, aged around 18, slim, between 5ft 4ins and 6ft tall.

He was spotty, had a long skinny face, a pointed, dimpled chin, a pointed nose and dark-brown hair which was gelled forward in a spiky style on to his forehead.

n Anyone with information ring 0114 220 2020 and quote incident 264 of March 25.