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DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after a 24-year-old woman was raped by two men as she made her way home from a night out in Ilkeston.

The woman was approached in the Wharncliffe Road area by a man in the early hours of Sunday morning, who began to walk her home.

Instead he took her to Rutland Recreation Ground, in West End Drive, where they were met by another man, who seemed to be friends with him. She was then raped by both men.

After the attack the pair stole items from the victim’s handbag before fleeing the scene.

Det Insp Tim Cadman, who is leading the case, said: “This is a despicable attack on a vulnerable young woman who was trying to get home after a night out.

“Her attacker has lured her into danger by pretending to help and she has then been subjected to a most horrific sexual assault and had property stolen as well.

“It is vital that anyone with the slightest information comes forward to help us find these men.”

Both men are described as white, in their early twenties, of slim build and clean shaven.

One of them had short dark hair and wore a grey hooded zip-up sports top and the other man wore a black zip up winter jacket. Both had local accents.

Detectives from Operation Diamond – a specialist team established to investigate serious sexual and violent crimes – are reviewing CCTV footage from surrounding areas.

And officers want anyone who may have seen the two men or the victim before the attack to contact them on the force’s new non-emergency number, 101.

They also want to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of Rutland Recreation ground at around 1.30am.

The time of the incident was GMT meaning it would have been 2.30am if the clocks had not gone back half an hour earlier.

Det Insp Cadman added: “This type of offence is fortunately very rare.

“However women making their home late at night, especially if vulnerable through drink, should take precautions to ensure that they don’t have to walk home alone.”