Investigation launched after rape victim tells police 30 years after Leeds woodland attack

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Police have launched an investigation after a woman claimed she was dragged into woods in Leeds and raped as a teenager in the 1980s.

The victim, who was 14-years-old at the time, contacted police earlier this year to report being approached by a group of young men in a car as she walked alone in the Primrose Hill area of Astley Lane, Swillington, some time between January 1, 1984, and December 31, 1985.

Three of the men dragged her into a wooded area where she was attacked by one of the men. He was described as white and aged 18 to 21. She was then put in the back of the car and driven to near her home.

Det Insp Lawrence Bone, of Leeds safeguarding unit, said: “The victim has only felt able to come forward after about 30 years since the incident happened but we are determined to do all we can to thoroughly investigate the circumstances in an effort to identify those involved.

“Her account suggests there may have been more people in the vehicle than were directly involved in the attack on her. Loyalties do change over time and it may be that there is someone out there who did not play an active role in the offence who has information that could assist the investigation.

“It’s also possible that those involved may have told others about the incident at the time.

Anyone with information should call Det Con Liz Bairstow, of Leeds safeguarding unit, at Elland Road police station via 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.