A MANHUNT is underway after a 20-year-old woman was attacked and gang-raped by three men whilst out on a walk.
The victim was set upon on a canal towpath near Elland, West Yorks, on October 19 between 6.30am and 7.49am.
The woman was treated at a hospital for her injuries.
She later “gained in confidence” and summoned up the courage to tell officers she was raped.
West Yorkshire Police has asked anyone who might have information about the attack to come forward.
“We are investigating what is clearly a very serious offence which has come to light as the victim has gained in confidence”
Det Chief Insp Sue Jenkinson
The men assaulted the victim while she was walking between the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve and the Colliers Arms pub, the Huddersfield Examiner reported.
Det Chief Insp Sue Jenkinson of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said: “We are investigating what is clearly a very serious offence which has come to light as the victim has gained in confidence and now fully disclosed what took place.
“She continues to be supported by officers and we are carrying out a number of enquiries into what took place.
“I would like to speak with anyone who can assist the investigation or who may have seen or have information about three men who we believe were on the towpath at around the time of the attack.”
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 referencing crime number 13180545115.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.