Man arrested over rape allegation in Sheffield

A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman in a taxi in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police arrested a 44-year-old man over the attack in the Duke Street area of Sheffield around 1.10am (Sunday 23 October).

It is believed the incident occurred after the 25-year-old alleged victim got into a taxi on West Street.

The suspect currently remains in custody and is being questioned by detectives. The 44-year-old man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of rape and currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

Temporary Detective Inspector Graham Stead, said: “We believe the woman got into a taxi from the city centre, close to West Street, and was taken to the Duke Street area, where the offence is said to have occurred in the car.”

“The woman continues to be supported by specialist officers.’’

A report released by the Office of National Statistics shows an increase of 14% in sexual offences recorded by the police nationally in the latest year compared to the previous year.

Sexual offences have reached the highest number since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002 with 108,762 for 2016.

The rate of year-on-year increases is starting to slow down, the latest increase being considerably less steep.

Information for any offences can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Anyone who has information about the incident should call 101 and quote incident number 235 of 23 October 2016.

Daniela Velkova

Journalist University of Sheffield

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