Leicester sex attack: 16-year-old questioned over attempted murder

A woman in her 50s remains in hospital two-weeks after a horrific sexual attack near the Evington Road area of the city.

The woman was found badly beaten and unconscious near a children’s play park on Cedar Road and Evington Place at about 4.45am on 3 August.

Detectives said the woman had suffered a violent and sustained attack and had been subjected to a serious sexual assault.

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and sexual assault and has been released on bail.

Police also confirmed a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of the same offences. He was questioned by officers and released under investigation last night (Tuesday 14 August).

However, detectives still need more information on the investigation and have urged the public to come forward with any details about the attack.

Detectives continue to piece together the last known movements of the victim. The woman left her home shortly after midnight and was seen by CCTV cameras entering the One Stop shop on Evington Road at 12.40am, where she bought a Monster energy drink and a bottle of vodka.

However, detectives still need to establish what happened to her between then and when she was found three hours later.

Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, who is leading the investigation, said: “Extensive enquiries have been conducted since the woman was found in the play park that morning.”

“We have examined hundreds of hours of CCTV footage, carried out a detailed search of the scene, retrieved and forensically examined many items which could be relevant, searched nearby drains for the weapon that was used, and spoken to scores of local people.”

“In particular we have spoken to several people who recall hearing the sound of a woman screaming in the early hours of that morning.”

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“But we urgently need to speak to others who may well have been in the area at the time and who might have seen something – or someone”

“The woman was wearing a t-shirt with a floral pattern and blue coloured trousers. Did you see her in the area of the park? Did you see her in company with anyone?”

“The amount of violence used in this sustained and horrific attack was significant, and clearly it is imperative that the person responsible is identified and arrested as quickly as possible. He, or they, have shown a propensity to use extreme violence, and they remain a threat until they are caught.”

If you have any information about the attack that can help the police enquiry, please call 101 quoting incident 53 of 3 August 2018.