Town rape sparks festive safety fears

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POLICE have sent out a strong warning to women walking on their own at night following another rape near the town centre.

A 20-year-old woman said she was raped after she left Doncaster town centre and walked along Thorne Road in the early hours of a Saturday morning.

The latest incident comes just two months after a woman was said to have been raped at the back of a row of businesses running along Thorne Road near to Park Road.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed the two alleged attacks were not related.

The December attack happened when the young woman was approached by a man who then began talking to her as she was walking along Thorne Road.

After a short while he then took her down a side street where he raped her, police said.

The alleged attacker is white, between 40 and 50-years-old, of medium build and between 6ft 2in and 6ft 4in tall.

He was bald with grey hair around the sides of his head and was wearing a black, short-sleeved shirt with a collar and blue jeans.

Det Insp Dave Mayfield said: “During the festive period, more people will be out socialising, and I would always advise them to not walk alone at night and where possible, arrange a lift or take taxis to and from their destination.

“Fortunately, incidents like this are quite rare in Doncaster, but I want to reassure the public that we are dealing with this incident as a priority and are continuing with enquiries to identify the man involved in the assault.”

Detectives want to speak to another man who may have witnessed the incident, which happened at around 3am on Saturday, December 10.

He is white, in his late teens to early 20s, slim, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall with short cropped hair. He was wearing a round neck jumper and jeans.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 912 of December 12.