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Detectives investigating rape and attempted murder of woman have attacker's DNA

Police are now able to exclude people from their enquiries after finding the attacker's DNA. Credit: ITV News Central

Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of a woman have found the attacker's DNA.

Officers are now able to start excluding people from their enquiries after the victim was attacked in Ilkeston last year.

Derbyshire Police have also revealed a number of people have been released after securing this DNA.

The woman was walking along Queen's Avenue on November 26 when she was approached by a man. He grabbed her, strangled her and then raped her.

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DCI Gareth Meadows is urging anyone who is 'suspicious of a friend or family member' to get in touch about this 'horrendous' attack.

He has also appealed for anyone who was on a Trent Barton bus from Nottingham to Ilkeston. He said:

The DNA will help to exclude people from our enquiries, therefore if you are suspicious of a friend, associate, neighbour or family member please contact our team.

We would also like to speak to anyone that was on Trent Barton, the two bus from Nottingham to Ilkeston that morning.

The bus left Nottingham just after 3.15am and arrived in Ilkeston, Nottingham Road at 3.40am.

– DCI Gareth Meadows

Crimestoppers charity have also offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Lydia Patsalides, East Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said:

I can’t even begin to imagine what this woman has gone through.

My heart goes out to her and her family, who will also have been affected by her ordeal.

This coward should not be allowed to get away with his actions, so I’d ask those with information to do the right thing and tell our charity what you know.

– Lydia Patsalides