A woman was “raped by a man in a tracksuit” in a park behind a busy shopping center as police search for a suspect.
The victim remained in the hospital last night after being attacked around 10 pm on Monday night.
Officers are preventing people from accessing a section of a park behind the Princess Ellis Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, where a cordon is formed.
The victim is being treated and specialist charities are ready to help her.
Police said the man was wearing a gray tracksuit and forensic evidence is being analyzed as well as reviewing the CCTV footage.
Detective Inspector Andy McHugh is leading the investigation, which follows several shockingly violent incidents of violence against women in the UK.
He added: “We will be working round the clock to find this man, but you can help by checking your CCTV, dashcam and doorbell footage.
“Look for anything that doesn’t look right. If you see anything let us know right away.
“Our thoughts are with the woman who is deeply hurt.”
They say officials will increase the number of policemen patrolling the area in the coming days to reassure local residents.