Forty police officers and
support staff have been called in to hunt for the man who raped a
Nuneaton teenager at knifepoint on Friday.
And they are appealing for
anyone who has recently lost a cook’s knife to come forward as they
might be able to help trace the attacker.
The 18-year-old was set upon
after being approached by a man in Weddington Fields near the railway
line at about 5.30pm.
She walked from Jodrell Street
over the iron bridge which runs over the railway line.
She started to walk towards a
disused piece of land to try and reach the playing fields beyond the
main Nuneaton to Birmingham line.
It was here that she first
became aware of the man nearby.
She asked a group of children
and asked them if she could get through to the playing fields, but they
told her there was no way through.
She went back towards the iron
bridge, but instead going back over it she turned right onto the main
As she got close to a group of
youths playing on a disused piece of land, she noticed the man she saw
He was standing near to a gate
that leads up an embankment and asked her if she would help him find a
puppy he had lost as he was worried it would go onto the railway line.
She agreed, and as she was
lifting her dog over the gate to look for the puppy a man riding a bike
told her that the gate was open, so she should just go through.
After the man on the bike rode
away, the teenager went up the embankment and was grabbed by the man,
who threatened her with a knife and attacked her.
During the attack at least one
train passed by. When the ordeal was over the man left and the woman ran
to a nearby friend’s house and called the police.
The attacker is white, with very
short, almost shaved dark brown hair. He was clean-shaven but with a
little dark stubble showing.
He has a big nose pock-marked
face, 5ft 10ins and is stockily-built.
He looked scruffy and was
wearing a burnt orange woollen knitted crew-necked long-sleeved jumper,
a red-checked, collared open-neck shirt and dark trousers.
Officers have been scouring the
area of the attack looking for clues, and any discoveries are being
examined by forensic experts.
The knife which was used is
described as around eight inches long, with a black handle three to four
House-to-house enquiries are
continuing in the area, and officers are trying to find people who were
around the scene of the crime at the time of the incident, including
They are particularly keen to
trace the man riding the bike, who spoke to the teenager before she went
to try and find the puppy.
He was aged between 35 and 40,
with light blond hair, which is receding. He was wearing a green
long-sleeved luminous waterproof jacket.
Police want to speak to this man
as it is likely that he saw the offender.
Officers are also keen to speak
to a man who was possibly walking behind the woman after the attack.
He was coming from the fields
along the footpath, towards the iron bridge, and might have seen the
offender after the attack.
He is white, with a ruddy
complexion, 5ft 9ins, muscular build with short dark hair. He is in his
late 20s or early 30s, and had knee-length dark coloured shorts on and a
long-sleeved dark-coloured casual top.
He was walking an average-sized
dog with smooth golden brown hair.
These people and any others who
were in the area at the time are being urged to call the incident room
on 01926 415798.