Endcliffe Park rape: Everything we know so far as hunt for sex attacker continues

As detectives continue to investigate a reported rape in a park in Sheffield this week, here is everything known so far.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:12 pm
South Yorkshire Police received a call in the early hours of Wednesday, March 30 to report the rape of an 18-year-old woman in a car in Endcliffe Park at 11.30pm on Tuesday (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images).

Anyone with information about the sex attack in Endcliffe Park at 11.30pm on Tuesday should come forward and contact South Yorkshire Police.

The young woman was attacked in a vehicle on a car park close to the tennis courts in the popular city park (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images).
It is reported that the vehicle where the sex attack took place was a silver or grey Mercedes (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

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The man police want to trace over the incident drove off in the direction of Hunter's Bar roundabout (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
As a clean-up operation was mounted in Endcliffe Park after huge crowds gathered on Tuesday, detectives were compiling a description of the man wanted over the rape. He was Asian, in his 20s and was wearing a white T-shirt and black joggers or jeans.
The rape was one of a number of incidents reported in the park after crowds gathered on Tuesday. There was also violence, fires and vandalism to a war memorial.
Commenting on the rape, after reports of earlier incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in the park, Superintendent Simon Verrall, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We know the community is already concerned about the events that unfolded in Endcliffe Park last night (Tuesday) and this incident is particularly upsetting."
Police patrols were stepped up after the rape and a policing plan is in place for the park for over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
South Yorkshire Police has urged people to speak to officers in the park. The force said: "Please do not hesitate to approach one of our officers. They are there to make you feel safe and to help people to enjoy Sheffield’s outdoor spaces appropriately and safely.”
As the clean-up got under way in Endcliffe Park after Tuesday's crowds, detectives were starting work on the rape investigation but as yet no arrests have yet been made.
Anyone with information about the rape should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 13 of March 31.