DETECTIVES investigating a Leeds city centre rape today issued a picture of a woman who may have escaped the sex attackers half an hour earlier.
Police believed the unidentified woman walked off after possibly being upset by the comments of two men who approached her near the Clas Ohlson shop on The Headrow at 1.30am on Monday.
Footage from the CCTV cameras shows two men following the woman for a distance.
Later that morning, at around 2am, a 22-year-old student was raped in Fish Street in Leeds city centre.
Det Supt Paul Taylor said: “We would like to trace this woman as a matter of urgency because she may have vital information which can help us to identify the males involved in this incident. I would ask that she contacts us as soon as possible.
“I also appeal to anyone who has information which can identify the two men in the pictures to contact police immediately.”
Det Supt Taylor said that it was possible that the woman in the CCTV shots was unharmed as she had headed into the busy New Briggate where many people were making their way home.
The rape victim is believed to have been followed into the secluded Fish Street by two men after she had repeatedly been harassed by a gang of four males after leaving the Hi Fi nightlcub on nearby Central Road.
A group of dark-skinned men are believed to have harassed lone women in the city centre late on Sunday night and early on Monday.
Detectives remain keen to hear from any women who were approached by such a group.
Det Supt Taylor added: “Incidents of this nature are very rare but are also extremely serious.
“I would ask for any members of the public who think they can help our inquiries to come forward immediately.
“It may be that they feel the information they have will be of no interest to us, but in actual fact it may be crucial to tracing those responsible.”
Contact detectives via 0845 6060606 or text 07786200805, starting message with ‘LEEDS’