Three thugs who raped a 21-year-old woman in a Doncaster alleyway are today being hunted by police.
Shocked women living near the alley where the gang attack took place said they no longer feel safe. Police have stepped up patrols in the area following the rape in the alleyway off Beckett Road, between Old School Way and Strafford Road, overnight on Saturday into Sunday last weekend.
Three Eastern European men are being hunted by detectives.
One woman, who lives nearby and did not want to be identified, said: “I’m shocked – it’s so close to home. You hear about it but you don’t expect it to happen on your doorstep. I use that alleyway all the time but I won’t be using it now. It’s right next to the children’s centre as well.
“It makes me feel unsafe. If we’d been given alley gates perhaps this might not have happened.
“We have been fighting for them for years but we were told by the council that funding had run out.”
One man, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “It makes me feel sick but it doesn’t surprise me around here.
“There’s lots of crime going on and I don’t think there’s enough police.
“A lot of people use that alleyway at all times of the day. They use it as a cut through to Beckett Road and to get to the bus stops.”
A neighbour added: “I am sorry to hear what happened. I can’t believe it. It makes me ashamed to live round here.”
Another resident said the incident had highlighted the need for alley gates in the area.
“I didn’t hear anything, but it is scary to know things like this happen so close to you. I hope this spurs the council on to get alley gates fitted.”
Detective Sergeant Peter Swift, leading the police investigation, said: “There is a large amount of residential properties in the area and at around the time the incident took place there may have been a number of people returning home from a night out – did you see any groups of men that looked out of place?
“If any of the information in our appeal fits with anything you may have seen, please contact us.
“I understand that local people will be concerned and I would like to reassure them that we are treating this investigation as a priority with all the resources people would expect.
“The victim continues to receive support from specially trained officers and patrols in the area will also be increased for the foreseeable future.”
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 335 of October 5.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.