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Man sought over rape of 15-year-old girl

A "black man with a London accent" is being sought in connection with the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Longley Park, Sheffield, last month.

The teenager was assaulted by the man on Wednesday 1 July, a day which many people may remember as the hottest day of the year. It happened at around 7.30pm. The offender is described as a black man with a London accent and short black hair. He is around 6ft 1ins tall, of slim build, and wore a black top with black Bench jeans.

"We have a team of officers dedicated to working on this inquiry and are committed to finding the person responsible. The attack happened in the early evening and it would still have been daylight on a day that was the hottest day of the year by some margin. I am hoping that this will jog someone's memory as I am confident that someone will have seen something that could assist with our enquiry. "The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers during this difficult time. Such attacks are thankfully rare and I'd urge anyone with information to come forward to tell us what you know."

– Detective Inspector Steve Ashmore

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 143 of 18 July 2015.

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Fugitive rapist held in France

George Doulat Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A convicted rapist who went on the run to avoid jail has been arrested in France. George Doulat, 56, of Pasture Crescent, Filey, North Yorkshire, was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in prison for raping a teenager.

He was also convicted of attempted rape and sexual assault against the same woman, who was 19 when he committed the offences in Bradford.

Bradford Crown Court issued a warrant for Doulat's arrest when he failed to attend court last week after he was found guilty in his absence.

Police launched a manhunt and told members of the public not to approach Doulat.

West Yorkshire Police spokesman said today: "He was detained by French authorities in Calais last night."

The spokesman said Doulat would be brought before a French court but it was not yet known when he will be returned to Britain.

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Teen rapist named and shamed

A court has heard of the nightmare ordeal of a Japanese tourist who was robbed and raped in Sheffield by a schoolboy - who was just 15 years old at time. She was attacked as she walked to visit a friend.

A judge today said she may never recover and said the teenager should be named and shamed as Jerone Thompson. He was caught after DNA evidence helped track him down as Martin Fisher now reports.

Ched Evans loses rape conviction appeal

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has lost a challenge against his conviction for rape.

The striker had his case rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

The 23-year-old was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room. Evans denied the offence but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping her at a hotel in North Wales in May last year.

Lord Judge, rejecting the conviction challenge by Evans, said:

We can see no possible basis which would justify us interfering with the verdict of the jury, which heard all the evidence and reflected on it after careful summing up by the judge.

– Lord Judge

The judges also threw out a bid by Evans to have his sentence reduced.

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