"No updates" on rape investigations

By Dave Doyle | 26/04/2017

'No updates' on rape investigations
The Lanes, near Herringthorpe, where one of the reported rapes was carried out

DETECTIVES said there were no updates to give this week on three separate rape investigations. 

The incidents were just eight days apart and took place in Wath, Rotherham and East Dene, with two 16-year-old girls and a woman in her 30s attacked.

One 16-year-old was attacked on the Trans Pennine Trail on the afternoon of Thursday, March 23.

A man approached her as she walked over a bridge, heading towards Wath-upon-Dearne, in an area known as Gypsy Marsh.

Police issued an e-fit of a suspect — described as white, 5ft 7ins tall and of average build, in a black and red tracksuit — who ran off from the area.

A spokeswoman said that there were “no updates” to give, adding that “enquiries are ongoing and the investigation continues”.

The woman in her 30s was attacked on Market Street, in central Rotherham, at around 2pm on Thursday, March 30.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape, but later released from custody.

A spokesman could offer no updates on the investigation when contacted by the Advertiser.

Another 16-year-old girl was attacked near The Lanes, in Herringthorpe, on the evening of March 31.

The spokesman confirmed that the Advertiser’s request for progress had been received and updates would be provided when available.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

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