‘Strong leads’ on Leeds rapist after TV appeal

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DETECTIVES investigating the rape and attempted murder of a teenager in Beeston are following up strong leads following a BBC One Crimewatch appeal.

There were more than 70 calls made to the Crimewatch studio and incident room after a reconstruction of the horrific attack on March 6 was screened on Thursday night.

Reliving the traumatic ordeal in a reconstruction, the 18-year-old said: “I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t breathe and then he threw me on the floor. All I could move was my legs.”

She was grabbed at a bus stop and battered with a rock before being raped in a seven-minute ordeal.

Det Supt Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We had a huge response to the appeal and received

more than 70 calls into the studio and the incident room, with more information continuing to come in to us.

“The really encouraging aspect of it is the amount of callers who are involved in law enforcement, the prison service and mental health care, who have provided some really strong leads to follow up.

“We’ve had a number of names given to us and detectives are looking into those now.”

The programme also heard from two other women who the predator unsuccessfully stalked the same night.

Police have compiled what they say is the clearest image yet of the attacker

Police appeals for information are being shown on the big screen in Millennium Square in Leeds city centre every hour for a week.

A £5,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers for information.

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.