‘We will catch him’ – Police vow to catch rapist who attacked a woman

Police have vowed to hunt down a rapist who attacked a woman in Sutton Coldfield park.

The victim was raped in a wooded part of a park behind the Princess Alice Retail Complex between 8pm and 9pm on Sunday (October 3).

A major investigation is under way and today police revisited the site and made another appeal to the public so they can ‘bring him to justice’.

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The suspect is described as a white man with a Birmingham accent, aged between 20 and 35, and was wearing a grey tracksuit and black trainers.

The area where a woman was raped in a park behind the Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield

Detective Superintendent Anastasia Miller said: “We have a team of detectives and staff dedicated to establishing who is responsible for this.

“This includes going through CCTV trails and items for forensic analysis.

“What we are really appealing for is for anyone who might have any information or anyone who may have dashcam or doorbell footage.

“This is an understandably an incredibly distressing incident for the victim. It’s a rape and she was admitted to hospital overnight. She is traumatised.”

'We will catch him' - Police vow to catch rapist who attacked a woman

The woman is currently being supported by the police and also receiving specialist independent help.

Det Supt Miller said: “Any woman should be able to go out any time she wants and anywhere she wants to go and feel safe.”

The attack happened in a wooded overgrown and dark section of the park, behind the shopping centre.

“We are working with the local council. It’s dark here, no lights with overgrown areas and there are plans to cut back some of the overgrowth to make it more visible,” she said.

Extra patrols have also been beefed up following the awful incident.

Supt Miller added: “Someone somewhere will know who is he. We will find him and bring him to justice.

Today, October 10, the park was noticeably quiet except for a few dog walkers and the odd person cutting through back from the shops.

One 54-year-old female said: “It’s reassuring to see the police officers around. If there are people around, I don’t feel so bad.

“It’s a shortcut to the shops but this has thrown everybody. I’m probably more wary, looking around.”

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Keith Allen, an 84-year-old retired headteacher, said: “It’s absolutely dreadful.

“It’s disturbing. I’m not worried about myself, it’s more a case of the ladies walking about.

“They ought to be able to walk when they want to but they can’t in this day and age.”

One male dog walker said: “This has always been a safe place and this is terrible.

“It’s now instilled fear in women. I’ve spoken to some ladies who sit on the bench and they said they are wary of men.

“One husband watched his wife walk down to the bench – women are going to be in fear.

“I’ve been bringing my dog here for 20 years and have never seen the police here.”

If news of this rape has affected you, The Survivors Trust is there for you. Call them on 08088 010818.

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