Schoolgirl’s rapist still on the loose

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DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a Sheffield schoolgirl have launched a fresh appeal for information – on the first anniversary of the attack.

The victim, 14 at the time of the rape last November 4, was walking home from school when she was grabbed by a hooded man.

She had taken a short cut through woodland known as The Quarry, which runs between Fox Hill Road and Edge Well Crescent in Foxhill.

Afterwards the man ran off towards Edge Well Crescent.

But despite a huge police hunt and a national television appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme, detectives are yet to catch the attacker, even though they have his DNA.

Appealing for information Det Insp Philip Etheridge said: “During the last year, a dedicated team of detectives has responded to information and carried out extensive enquiries.

“We have eliminated more than 160 suspects from the enquiry.

“I am hoping that re-issuing the efit will jog someone’s memory and I urge anyone with new information to speak to us in confidence.”

DI Etheridge said officers had the attacker’s DNA so they could eliminate innocent men.

The man was about 18, white, with spots and a long skinny face.

He was between 5ft 4ins and 6ft tall and wearing light blue jeans and a royal blue jumper with a hood, front pocket and white writing across the chest.

n Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 805 of November 4 2010.