Police widen search for rapist to whole of Hertfordshire

This E-fit image shows a man police want to speak to about a rape in Welwyn Garden City This E-fit image shows a man police want to speak to about a rape in Welwyn Garden City

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12:04 PM

Police have widened their search for a rapist to the whole of Hertfordshire.

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An E-fit of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a rape in Welwyn Garden City was released in December, but now detectives are appealing for help from members of the public living across the whole of the county, as well as London.

The rape happened last year between 9.30pm on Monday, July 29, and 12.20am on Tuesday, July 30, in Cole Green Lane, Welwyn Garden City.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was walking from the direction of Hollybush Lane when she was grabbed from behind by a man and attacked.

Speaking on Monday, Detective Constable Dale Morris, from the Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “A dark coloured five door vehicle was seen in the area around the time of the offence and we have yet to trace this vehicle.

“It may be that the offender used this vehicle and therefore may not be local to Welwyn.

“It may be that he travelled from elsewhere in the county or from London. I would appeal to members of the public across the county and in London to call if they believe they recognise the person in the E-fit.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Morris via Herts Police non-emergency number 101 citing crime reference number B1/13/1952. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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