New leads in rapist hunt after TV appeal

E-fit: Fox Hill rape suspect.
E-fit: Fox Hill rape suspect.
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DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a Sheffield schoolgirl say they have dozens of new leads after an appeal for information was broadcast on national TV.

The attack on the 14-year-old, which took place in Foxhill on November 4 last year, featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme on Thursday.

Dete Chf Insp Phil Etheridge, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our incident received the highest number of calls to the show. More than 30 names were put forward and we are currently researching those.

“A couple of names came out from several callers so we are looking at those with interest.

“We have had tremendous input from the local community and the vast majority of the people mentioned were Sheffield-based.

“We had calls to the show and to Crimestoppers along with several calls into the incident room in Ecclesfield.”

DCI Etheridge added: “If there is anyone else out there who is wondering whether or not to give us a call, please do and we will follow up leads and names that they provide.

“We have this person’s DNA so we can eliminate anyone who is not involved. We are confident we are going to find this person.

“This offence is never going to go away.

“I am very pleased. We had a big response and we’ve got lots of work to do next week.

“If you think you know who this individual is, give us a call and we can rule him in or rule him out.”

The teenager was walking home from school and had taken a short cut through woodland known as The Quarry, which runs between Fox Hill Road and Edge Well Crescent, when she was attacked. The man ran off towards Edge Well Crescent.

The hooded attacker was aged about 18, white, with spots and a long skinny face.

n Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 0114 2963906 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.