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Leeds bus stop rape suspected 'followed other women'

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Media captionCCTV footage of a man wanted for the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds has been released.

A man who raped a woman in Leeds is believed to have followed two other women before the attack.

The 18-year-old was waiting at a bus stop in Beeston Road when she was dragged into a garden, attacked and "left for dead" on 6 March.

Police, who have released CCTV footage of the suspect, say two other women have come forward stating they were followed earlier that evening.

Det Supt Nick Wallen said he feared the attacker would strike again.

Detectives, who are treating the rape as attempted murder, said the video footage was discovered after the women came forward separately to report being followed.

It shows the suspect walking past a Tesco Express store in Burley Road at about 21:45 GMT. The attack happened at about 22:30.

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Image caption Police believe the suspect took the stone with him to use as a weapon

An image of a stone used in the attack, which left the victim with head injuries and a fractured hip, has also been released.

West Yorkshire Police said the suspect was of Pakistani or Middle Eastern origin, in his early 20s with receding black hair.

Det Supt Nick Wallen said: "These latest images show in detail the clothing he is wearing, consisting of 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.

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Image caption Police released an e-fit of the Beeston rape suspect

"We have also released an image of the fist-sized stone that he used to repeatedly strike the victim over the head during the attack.

"It was recovered from the scene and we believe the offender brought it with him to use as a weapon."

He said the stone had been subjected to forensic examination and the force was working with a specialist geologist to establish where it may have come from.

An e-fit of the suspect was released on 12 March.

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