Teen raped in street attack

Beckett Road, Wheatley.
Beckett Road, Wheatley.
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A TEENAGER told police how she was snatched from a Doncaster street and raped after a night out.

The attack has added to police concerns about women walking home alone at night and sparked an appeal for information.

It is believed the 19-year-old was followed for a short distance before being grabbed and dragged into a nearby house in Wheatley last weekend.

Detectives conducting inquiries into the incident in the early hours of Sunday are repeating their warnings that females should get taxis home or stay in groups after a night out.

The attack is the second reported rape in Doncaster in the space of four weeks.

Detectives are still hunting the man who attacked a 25-year-old woman in broad daylight on the Roman Ridge footpath near Scawsby on March 22.

Last night they issued an appeal for information about the alleged serious sexual assault in Wheatley, reported to have occurred around 4am last Sunday.

The assault happened on Beckett Road, near to the One-Stop shop at the junction with Morley Road, as the 19-year-old was walking home from the other side of town after a night out.

She was grabbed from behind and dragged into a nearby property, where it is alleged she was sexually assaulted.

She managed to escape from the property and contact the police, who carried out a search of the area and have been conducting house-to-house enquiries.

The suspect is described as a black man aged between 27 and 28 and approximately 5ft 9ins tall, with short hair.

He was slim but with a muscular build and had a Jamaican accent.

He was wearing a white or grey T-shirt.

The woman has told detectives the suspect followed her for a short time before she became concerned about him and then he grabbed her and forced her to an upstairs room in the nearby house.

She was held there before she managed to get out of her own free will and run downstairs and out of the house. It is believed there was no-one else in the property at the time.

Det Con Kath Coulter said: “She doesn’t know if it was the man’s own room or not. We are still trying to assess the information she has given us and are conducting ongoing enquiries.

“I want to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident and I would urge anybody with information to come forward and help us catch the man responsible.

“I would also like to advise residents, especially women, to think carefully about how they are going to get home at the end of the night.

“Always try to stay in a group if walking home or get a lift or a licensed taxi in order to ensure you remain safe.”

Police are keen to hear from anybody who may have witnessed the incident or recognise the man from the description.

Anybody with information should contact DC Coulter on 0114 220 2020 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.