Cops hunt rapist after sex attack on West Street in Sheffield city centre

A police hunt is under way for a rapist who attacked a woman on West Street in Sheffield city centre this morning.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 1:48 pm

South Yorkshire Police said a 23-year-old woman has reported being raped on West Street at around 1.30am today.

The sex attack is said to have occurred close to the Walkabout bar on the corner of Carver Street.

Detective Constable Susannah Taylor said: “Today, specialist officers will be in the area to carry out enquiries and maximise any forensic opportunities.

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An investigation has been launched into the rape of a woman on West Street in Sheffield city centre (Photo: Getty)
An investigation has been launched into the rape of a woman on West Street in Sheffield city centre (Photo: Getty)

“A thorough review of CCTV footage of the area is also underway and we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“The woman continues to be supported by specialist officers and I fully understand that news of this incident is likely to cause concern amongst the local community. I’d like to offer you my reassurance that we have dedicated officers working to identify the individual involved and establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

“I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning and who saw or heard anything suspicious.”

On March 29, an 18-year-old woman was raped in Endcliffe Park by a man who has not yet been traced.

She was attacked on a day large crowds gathered in the sunshine as lockdown restrictions were eased, allowing groups to meet up again outdoors.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 83 of June 17.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.