Sutton hunt for park rapist stepped up

Police at the scene in the park behind Princess Alice Drive

CCTV search and extra police patrols

Police in Sutton Coldfield have stepped their hunt for the man who raped a woman in a park.

West Midlands Police have increased patrols and are trawling through CCTV in their hunt for the rapist,

Officers say they are continuing to support the woman and want to reassure residents that the investigation is “still very much ongoing” weeks after the attack.

The attack happened in Princess Alice Park between 8pm and 9pm on Sunday, October 3.

Superintendent Annie Miller, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “I know the local strength of feeling about this.

“People are rightly shocked that this has happened on their doorstep.

“This crime is despicable. It’s a really difficult time for the survivor and her loved ones.

“We thank everyone who has contacted us with information so far.

“Our efforts to find this man continue and we’re doing everything we can.

“Local officers continue to patrol the area, as we want women to feel safe and be safe.

“Male violence against women is not acceptable.”

Officers say they are methodically going through CCTV footage in order to identify the man who is described as white, aged 20 to 35, of medium to stocky build and “extra broad” around the shoulders.ADVERTISING

He spoke with a Birmingham accent and was wearing a grey tracksuit and black trainers.

Police believe after speaking to people in the area, that he may have been in the park in the days and possibly weeks leading up to the attack

They say they have also checked whether there have been reports of similar attacks, and although at this time, they don’t believe there have been, they are not ruling anything out.

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