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Dog walker help sought in rapist hunt

Leamington Editorial 24th Mar, 2015 Updated: 13 hours ago

POLICE want to speak to a dog walker who may have witnessed a rape which took place in Leamington in broad daylight.

The 19-year-old victim was attacked along the riverside walk between Willes Road and Newbold Comyn – off Newbold Terrace East – between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday (March 13).

The victim was raped by a man, who called himself ‘Tom’ or ‘Thomas’, and who is described as of medium build, in his mid to late 20s with dark brown hair.

He had a pale spotty complexion, bushy eyebrows and was clean shaven. He spoke with a local accent and was smoking a cigarette when he approached his victim, who did not know him.

At the time of the incident he was wearing dark blue jeans, a grey top with long sleeves and a black jacket.

Police have spent the last week carrying out checks to identify potential witnesses and spoke to more than 80 members of the public.

But they are now looking for help from a man who was walking a dog nearby.

Det Ch Inspector Pete Hill said: “I am particularly keen to hear from a male dog walker who walked passed the victim as she walked along the riverside footpath in the direction of the leisure centre.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who used the footpath between 5pm and 7pm on Friday March 13 as they may hold valuable information that could assist identifying the attacker.”

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.