Footage shared in hunt for rapist who broke into sleeping woman's home and attacked & robbed her | The Sun

AN URGENT CCTV appeal has been after a man allegedly broke into a sleeping woman's home and raped her in the early hours of the morning.

The man is thought to have entered the woman's house in Warrington, Cheshire, before raping her at around 5.30am on October 2.

Police have warned nearby residents to keep their doors and windows locked and remain vigilant.

CCTV footage released by cops shows a man, who police believe may be able to help with their investigation, walking along a street close to where the alleged rape took place.

Video shared by Cheshire Constabulary shows a man carrying a suitcase that police believe was stolen from the victim's home.

Patrols have been upped in the area to reassure the local community, although cops have insisted that attacks of this kind are "extremely rare".

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Police have urged members of the public who recognise the man in the video to get in touch.

He is described as wearing a Jack Jones top, a black coat, dark jeans, and white trainers.

A 26-year-old man initially arrested in connection with the alleged attack has since been released on police bail.

Force spokesperson Superintendent Evans said: "The investigation is very much ongoing with a number of enquiries underway and as part of these we are keen to identify the man shown in the CCTV footage as we believe he may be able to help with our investigation.

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"We know that the man was walking away from the area, carrying a suitcase, a short time after the incident occurred, he was last sighted passing by Peninsula House on O’Leary Street.

"I am appealing to anyone who may recognise the man and I would also like to urge the man himself to come forward and contact us.

"The same goes to anyone who has any video footage – dashcam, video doorbell, or home security – that they have not yet passed to police."

He added: "Thankfully, attacks such as these are extremely rare – nevertheless, I would urge residents to be vigilant and make sure their homes are well secured.

"I hope that our large police presence in the area will reassurance those in the local community that we are working tirelessly to find the man responsible, and I would urge anyone who or information that may help us to speak to an officer."

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Anyone who believes they have information related to the case can report it to Cheshire Constabulary via https://mipp.police.uk or go direct to https://mipp.police.uk/operation/07CH19D14-PO1.

Alternatively, the public can call 101 quoting case number 1379409.

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