Leeds & West Yorkshire

Beeston bus stop rape suspect images to be screened in Leeds

CCTV images of a man suspected of raping and attempting to murder a woman are to be screened across Leeds.

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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

The 18-year-old victim was dragged from a bus stop in Beeston and bludgeoned with a stone before being sexually assaulted.

West Yorkshire Police said the CCTV would be shown at Millennium Square and on a mobile video van at locations around the city.

Officers have taken 250 DNA swabs since the attack.

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Image caption West Yorkshire Police are taking DNA swabs of men broadly fitting the description of the attacker

Anyone broadly fitting the description of the offender is being tested.

Det Supt Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police, said the suspect was thought to have links to the Beeston area.

"The fact we have a full DNA profile for the offender means that nobody has anything to fear about being wrongly implicated or telling us about anyone they have suspicions about," he said.

Detectives previously released images and a description of the attacker, who is thought to be in his early 20s and of Pakistani or Middle Eastern origin.

On the night of the attack, he was wearing a green Puma hooded top and white trainers.

It recently emerged three other women were stalked by the suspect prior to the attack on Beeston Road.

Police said there were plans to screen the CCTV images on Wednesday at locations in the city centre, the universities and in the Hyde Park, Burley and Beeston areas.

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Image caption The suspect was thought to be wearing Nike 'Huarache' shoes on the night of the attack

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