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Birmingham 'Rapist' Caught ON CCTV Carrying 'Near Unconscious' Victim Across Street

24/08/2015 12:03 BST | Updated 24/08/2015 12:59 BST

A suspected rapist has been caught on CCTV carrying his "near unconscious" victim across a Birmingham street before attacking her.

Police said the 25-year-old woman was "scooped" up by her attacker after she left the Walkabout bar on Broad Street around 4am on October 19.

The woman left the bar with a man believed to have dwarfism, known only as Kevin, and was walking towards Granville Street.

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The man was seen carrying his "near unconscious" female victim across a Birmingham Street shortly before he raped her

When they neared Sainsbury's a man was seen speaking to Kevin before he "scooped the woman into his arms".

The footage, released with the woman's consent, shows the man carrying her across Tennant St. Minutes later police said she was raped.

The woman was found by a member of the public in a "highly distressed" state and the crime was reported to the police. Officers had earlier appealed for Kevin, who they believe is a key witness, to come forward.

Detectives have praised the courage of the woman for allowing them to release the video.

Detective Constable Danette Calvey, from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: "There will undoubtedly be people who will watch these images and wrongly judge the woman.

"It must be remembered that this woman has been attacked and that she has displayed remarkable courage by allowing us to release the footage."

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Calvey said the woman hoped releasing the footage may "jog someone's memory and that their call may make the difference to her attacker being caught or left to roam the streets".

Police want to hear from anyone that recognises the man, or was in the area when the attack took place. They are also still appealing for Kevin, or anyone who knows him, to come forward.

Calvey also appealed to the man seen in the footage to contact police said said "we will not give up on finding" him.

Police said the attacker is a black man.

Kevin, who police said "is purely a witness in the investigation", is believed to be a white man, with dwarfism, in his 20s, with short dark hair.