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Published on 24 Aug 2015 | over 2 years ago

Detectives have praised the courage of a woman who has agreed to the release of CCTV which shows a man suspected of raping her carrying her across a Birmingham street.

The images of the near unconscious woman build on the extensive investigation already undertaken by detectives to find her attacker.

House to house inquiries have been undertaken, hours of CCTV footage from cameras across the city centre have been trawled, witnesses have been spoken to and forensic evidence has been secured.

As part of the investigation police also released an image of a man believed to have dwarfism and known only as Kevin. Police had wanted to speak to him as a key witness.

The photograph, issued in November, was taken the month before on Sunday 19 October in the Walkabout bar on Broad Street just before the 25-year-old woman and Kevin left the venue at 4am.

The pair walked along Broad Street towards Granville Street when, near to Sainsbury’s, a man spoke to Kevin and scooped the woman into his arms, before leaving Kevin alone.

CCTV - released with the woman’s consent - shows the man carrying her across Tennant Street. Minutes later she was raped. The crime was reported to officers a short time later when a member of the public found the woman highly distressed. A police investigation was immediately launched.

Detective Constable Danette Calvey, from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: "There will undoubtedly be people who will watch these images and wrongly judge the woman.

"It must be remembered that this woman has been attacked and that she has displayed remarkable courage by allowing us to release the footage.

"She hopes that these new images may jog someone’s memory and that their call may make the difference to her attacker being caught or left to roam the streets.

"I implore people to take a good look at the CCTV and focus on the man.

"Do you recognise him? Were you in the area around the time of the attack? I appreciate it was a long time ago but the situation will have looked very odd and will undoubtedly have stayed with you.

"I would also appeal to the man in the footage to call me. Please, come forward now. This is your chance to explain."

Anyone with information which may help DC Calvey should call her on 101. Information can also be given to the sergeant anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"We will not give up on finding the man who carried out the attack," added DC Calvey.

"We will also not give up on finding Kevin."

Kevin, who is purely a witness in the investigation, is believed to be a white man, with dwarfism, in his 20s, with short dark hair.

The offender is known to be a black man.

For details on West Midlands Police’s Rape is Rape campaign visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk
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