Layby rape: new leads for police

The lay-by on the A1079 near Dunnington where the rape allegedly took place.
The lay-by on the A1079 near Dunnington where the rape allegedly took place.

Police say they are following up several new lines of inquiry as they continue to investigate the rape of a woman in a layby.

A woman in her 40s was attacked in her car whilst sleeping, by a man who is believed to be a lorry driver. The attack took place on the A1079 near Dunnington at around midnight on Wednesday 1 July.

Chief Inspector Dave Ellis, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We have had a good response from the public following our appeal for information. We do still need to hear from lorry drivers who may be able to provide information to assist this investigation. The victim is continuing to receive support from specially trained officers.”

Police want to speak to a man described as white, aged about 55-years-old, 5ft 10ins tall, of proportionate build and with blond or light hair. He is described as having a tattoo on his upper left arm, possibly an anchor. The vehicle he was believed to have been driving is described as a large lorry similar to an HGV, cream or white in colour, with red lettering on the side including the letters ‘D’, ‘E’.

The lorry is believed to have been parked in the layby overnight.

Anyone with information should call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Crime Unit, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150114227 when passing information about this incident.