Police hunt two men for rape attack in Sheffield

Police have issued CCTV stills of two men officers looking to trace in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault in Sheffield last October.
Police have issued CCTV stills of two men officers looking to trace in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault in Sheffield last October.
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A terrified woman was herded out of a bar by two men who bundled her into a car and drove her to a house where they took it in turns to rape her.

The 48-year-old was attacked after meeting two men in a bar on West Street in Sheffield city centre, police have revealed

They ‘shepherded’ her outside the West Street Live venue and pushed her into a car before driving her to a house to rape her repeatedly.

Detective Inspector Sean Bird said it had been a ‘terrible ordeal’ for the victim - who has communication difficulties and did not consent to sex.

He said: “She was led to a car and was not sure exactly what was happening.

“She was shepherded into the vehicle between the two men as they left the bar, and was in fear. She was subjected to a sexual assault at the address she was taken to.

“It was a terrible ordeal for this lady and we want to do everything we can for her.”

DI Bird said the victim has been left physically, as well as psychologically affected by the terrifying attack.

The assault happened in the early hours last October, but it is only now that police have released details.

Detectives said they have spent the last five months following up leads, but have so far been unable to trace the attackers.

Now they have issued CCTV stills of two men police want to speak to.

One was wearing a distinctive black jacket, edged in red, yellow and green. Across the back and chest was a picture of a yellow lion with a crown on its head.

DI Bird said: “We have had some leads we have followed up, some good leads, but unfortunately they came to a dead end.

“Now we need the public’s help if possible.”

The woman had been on a night out alone when she was ‘befriended’ by the men who raped her, police said.

Both men are described as black, slim, and with short dark hair. The man in the distinctive jacket was about 6ft, and aged 30 to 40.

His accomplice was about 5ft 7in, aged 25 to 30, and had a black goatee beard. He was wearing a long dark coat, dark jeans and boots.

n Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 240 of Saturday, October 8, 2011, or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.