Details of suspect released after girl, 16, is raped in South Yorkshire

Badsley Moor Lane, Herringhtorpe. Picture: Google
Badsley Moor Lane, Herringhtorpe. Picture: Google

Detectives investigating the rape of a 16-year-old girl in South Yorkshire have released a description of the suspect.

The victim was walking along Badsley Moor Lane in Herringthorpe, Rotherham, between 9.30pm and 10.30pm last Friday before turning off down a grass verge next to a service road on The Lanes when she was approached by an unknown man.

Detectives said the man was of unknown age, around six ft tall, of a slim build and was wearing a dark hooded top with a small green Nike symbol on the front. He spoke with a local accent and ran away from the scene after the attack.

Police have also been making door-to-door enquiries and trawling through CCTV in the area as they step up their investigation.

Chief Superintendent Rob Odell said: "We are well aware that this incident has shocked and distressed both the local community in Badsley Moor Lane and the wider public, but I can assure you that our work continues in earnest to investigate this serious crime.

“What I want to make clear is that investigating crimes of this nature can take some time as victims can be traumatised by their experiences, which is why specialist officers and support from other agencies is crucial.

“The victim in this case, a 16-year-old girl, continues to receive our support and if any further information becomes available we will of course share this with the public.

"Our officers continue to make house-to-house enquiries, as well as trawling CCTV from the areas the victim is believed to have walked through, in order to piece together her movements and to identify any potential suspects."

He also appealed for any member of the public with CCTV in the area to come forward so officers can review the footage.

In addition to this incident, a woman aged in her 30s was allegedly raped on Market Street, Rotherham town centre, at 2pm the previous day. However, police said the two attacks are not believed to be linked.

Call police with information on 101.