Two men and ‘nurse’ sought in park rape case

DETECTIVES investigating a rape in an Ilkeston park want to trace two men and a woman seen in the area at the time.

At about 1.30am on Sunday October 30, a 24-year-old woman was walking in Wharncliffe Road after a night out when she was approached by a man who offered to help her get home.

She walked with him into Rutland Rec, where they were joined by another man, who seemed to be his friend. She was then raped by both men who stole from her handbag.

Two men were seen sitting at a bench at a bus stop in Ilkeston Market Place, near the town hall, at around 1.05am.

Police also want to trace a woman, who was at the same bus stop, dressed in an all-white nurse’s uniform. It is thought she may have been on a hen night.

Two men, similar to those at the bus stop, were later seen in Wharncliffe Road walking ahead of the victim.

They are both described as white and of average build and height. One was wearing a grey hooded top and bottoms. The second wore a grey hooded top and dark-coloured jeans.

Det Insp Tim Cadman said the men may have vital information about what happened.

“They were in the area at around the time the victim would have been walking past,” he said.

“If nothing else they can rule themselves out of our inquiry and provide us with a greater picture of what happened that night. I’d also like to trace the woman from the bus stop as she could also greatly help us.”

He said that although this type of offence is rare, women should not walk home late at night.

The rapists were described as white, in their early 20s, slim, clean shaven with local accents. One had short dark hair and wore a grey hooded zip-up sports top. The other man a black zip-up winter jacket.

Anyone who was near Rutland Park at around 1.30am on the Sunday should call the new 101 non-emergency number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.