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Ilkeston sex attack: Reward and DNA lead revealed

Reconstruction of attack Image copyright Derbshire Police
Image caption Police have already released a reconstruction of the attack

A £10,000 reward has been offered in connection with the rape and attempted murder of a woman.

The attack took place in Ilkeston, Derbyshire in November, after the woman got off a bus.

Police confirmed the offender's DNA profile had been identified and it could be used to eliminate people from their inquiries.

A number of images of people who were in the area around the time of the attack have also been released.

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Image caption Officers said anyone in the area around the time of the attack could provide important information

The woman was forced to the ground, throttled unconscious and raped by a man in the early hours of 26 November.

Supt Tracy Harrison, from Derbyshire Police, said: "This is one of the worst assaults I have worked on, the woman was throttled unconscious and raped, he tried to kill her.

"Ilkeston is a community, she could have been a family member, she could be someone we know from that community."

Charity Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

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Image caption A number of potential witnesses have been pictured on CCTV

The attack happened after the woman got off a Trent Barton The Two bus on Nottingham Road, before walking along Manners Street.

As the woman walked along Queens Avenue she was followed by a man who grabbed her on the corner of Middleton Avenue.

The attacker is described as white, 5ft 7in - 9in (1.70m - 1.75m) tall, between 35 and 45 years old and of medium build.

Police said people pictured in the CCTV images may have valuable information.

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