Detectives are still hunting city rapist

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DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a woman who was lured away from a Sheffield tram stop by a man pretending he needed help are working through information provided by members of the public.

Officers have received several calls which they hope could lead them to the rapist, who attacked his 47-year-old victim as she made her way home from a night out.

The woman – a mother and grandmother – had been out in Hillsborough and was standing near the Bamforth Street tram stop when she heard a stranger calling for help.

She walked up steps leading to Langsett Crescent, where the long-haired Asian man grabbed her, pulled her into bushes and raped her.

In an exclusive interview with The Star, the woman vowed not to be beaten by her terrible ordeal.

“He has ruined my life for now – but not forever,” she pledged. “I am strong and I am better than that. I don’t know how long it will take but I will not let him win.”

Detective Inspector Phil Etheridge, leading the hunt, said: “We are working through information provided by members of the public.”

Officers are still trying to trace a taxi driver who picked up the rape victim after the attack. She got out of the car without paying when she realised she had lost her purse and was unable to pay.

Anyone with information about the attack on Saturday, September 24, should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.