Woman raped in her car near York ‘by lorry driver’

This is the layby near Dunnington where the attack happened. Photograph © Google Street View
15 Jul 2015 @ 9.34 am
| Crime

This is the layby near Dunnington where the attack happened. Photograph © Google Street View
This is the layby near Dunnington where the attack happened. Photograph © Google Street View
A woman was raped in her car near York by a man believed to be a lorry driver.

The attack happened in a layby on the A1079 near Dunnington, around midnight on Wednesday, July 1.

The victim, a woman in her forties, was attacked in her car whilst sleeping. Police say the rapist is believed to be a lorry driver.

The lorry is believed to have been parked in the layby overnight.

Police are appealing for the public’s help in identifying the attacker.

Have you seen him?

The suspect is…

white
aged about 55 years old
5ft 10ins tall
of proportionate build
with blond or light hair
and he had a tattoo on his upper left arm, possibly an anchor.

His lorry is…

a large lorry similar to an HGV
cream or white in colour
with red lettering on the side including the letters ‘D’, ‘E’.

‘Vulnerable woman’

Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to identify the man.

DCI Dave Ellis, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said:

This attack was on a vulnerable woman who, due to her personal circumstances, spent the night in her car in this layby, where she was raped by a stranger.

“This man is believed to be a lorry driver, and I am appealing for the public to help us identify him.

In particular, I believe that fellow drivers may recognise the description of this man, or of his lorry, and will be able to provide information which will help to identify him.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Crime Unit
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12150114227