VIDEO: Police hunt for key witnesses in Leeds rape investigation

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KEY witnesses could hold vital clues to help track down a suspected rapist.

After trawling through CCTV footage from across Leeds city centre, police have identified at least two people they are keen to speak to in relation to the attack at Mark Lane, next to the St John’s shopping centre, at around 5am on Friday, August 14.

Det Supt Pat Twiggs speaks at the scene of an unsolved rape on Mark Lane, off New Briggate, Leeds city centre, as police release CCTV footage of the attacker carrying off his victim.''16th October 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Det Supt Pat Twiggs speaks at the scene of an unsolved rape on Mark Lane, off New Briggate, Leeds city centre, as police release CCTV footage of the attacker carrying off his victim.''16th October 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

For CCTV images from the police and more information about the incident, read our full report here.

One of the witnesses is a woman who was approached by the suspect in Swinegate at around 4.45am.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs said: “He appears to engage with a woman – a white lady wearing a dress – and appears to try and put his arm around her.

“I am really keen to try and trace that lady to see if she can remember anything about him.

“At the same time, a taxi drives past and stops nearby and a man walks past as well, so if you recognise yourself from that footage I am really keen for you to come forward and tell us.”

He added: “Thankfully this is an isolated attack but it is clearly one attack too many and I need to catch this man as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Rachel Gilsenan at Elland Road via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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