HEATH RAPE - BIGGEST MANHUNT SINCE THE YORKSHIRE RIPPER
say the hunt for a serial rapist is the biggest manhunt of
its kind since the Yorkshire Ripper investigation.
have appealed for help after confirming he had attacked his
are "convinced" the man who brutally raped a 14-year-old
girl in Stevenage on Friday has also carried out a string
of attacks in the Home Counties including the rape on Putney
Heath on July 11 2002.
Assistant Chief Constable David Kelly, who is leading the
investigation, said there is evidence connecting the attacks
and they are waiting for DNA tests to confirm the link.
search for the "trophy rapist" - he usually takes
an item of clothing from his victims - is now the biggest
ever manhunt for a rapist and the biggest investigation of
its kind since the Yorkshire Ripper.
Kelly said the man was extremely dangerous and appealed for
anyone with information to contact police. "This man's
rapes are horrible offences by any definition, the rape of
children, girls of 10, 12, 13 or 14-years-old, right up to
a woman of 52," he told a press conference.
is a man who is more than likely to strike again and we need
the public's assistance to catch him as quickly as we can."
Kelly said a current or former partner may be able to identify
the rapist and it was likely he had been violent in previous
of the July rape