VIDEO: Unseen CCTV footage shows woman’s escape from Leeds rapist as case hits BBC Crimewatch

  • Newly released CCTV shows attacker just inches behind would-be victim
  • She was oblivious to his presence, but escaped by walking into a bar
  • Millions watch appeal on BBC Crimewatch
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This was the moment a violent rapist got within inches of a potential victim – shortly before attacking another woman and leaving her for dead.

The previously-unseen CCTV video shows the predator stalking a woman between Wellington Street and Whitehall Road in the city centre shortly before 9.30pm on March 6.

The rapist stalks another woman before the attack

The rapist stalks another woman before the attack

She appears to be oblivious to his presence and escapes his attentions when she goes into Toast bar, under West Point flats.

The chilling footage featured on BBC One’s Crimewatch programme on Thursday night as police continue to hunt the man who later attacked a woman on Beeston Road, Beeston.

He grabbed the 18-year-old as she waited for a bus before dragging her into a garden and battering her with a rock.

The man raped her before leaving her for dead.

He cannot go unpunished for what he has done.

Gemma Wilson, Crimestoppers

He had already unsuccessfully stalked three women, including the one on Wellington Street, before the brutal attack.

A £5,000 reward has been offered by charity Crimestoppers for information leading to his capture and conviction.

Gemma Wilson, Crimestoppers’ regional manager for Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “This horrific incident will no doubt haunt this young woman for a long time and the man who is responsible needs to be brought to justice. He cannot go unpunished for what he has done.

“There may be a risk that he could attack again while he remains at large. There must be people out there who can identify this individual and I would urge those people to contact Crimestoppers anonymously to ensure that he does not harm anyone else.”

A new image of the Beeston attacker

A new image of the Beeston attacker

Crimewatch showed a reconstruction of events, including an account from the victim, who is recovering after suffering serious head injuries and a fractured pelvis.

She said: “I went to the bus stop. I was waiting for the bus to go home. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what happened.

“I’ve stopped sleeping because I can see what happened when I am trying to sleep.”

The programme – seen by millions of viewers – also featured interviews with two of the other women who were stalked before the attack.

A map showing the movements of the Beeston sex attacker on March 6

A map showing the movements of the Beeston sex attacker on March 6

Police have used descriptions from one of them, along with a description given by the 18-year-old victim, to create a new e-fit image of the attacker.

He is thought to be of Pakistani or Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his early twenties, slim with receding hair. He was wearing a green Puma hooded top with a large logo on the front, dark coloured jeans with faded areas on the thighs, white trainers and a dark coloured bomber jacket with a hood.

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We believe this new image is the most realistic likeness we have yet had of the man we are still working very hard to identify.

“It has been created from the victim’s description of him and from the recollection of one of the women he stalked in the period leading up to the attack.

“I would ask people to study it very closely alongside the other elements of description that we have already released and think hard about whether they know who it is.”

He added: “Although we are now seven weeks into this investigation, our resolve to catch this man remains as strong as it was on day one.”

CCTV showing the rapist on Burley Road

CCTV showing the rapist on Burley Road

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or through the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

CCTV showed the attacker walking away from the scene

CCTV showed the attacker walking away from the scene

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen opposite Tesco Express, on Burley Road, where the man stalked one of the women

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen opposite Tesco Express, on Burley Road, where the man stalked one of the women

An image of a footprint from the trainer the attacker was wearing

An image of a footprint from the trainer the attacker was wearing

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