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Young woman gang raped by three men while out on an early morning walk in West Yorkshire

A police manhunt has been launched after a 20-year-old woman was attacked and gang raped by three men while on an early morning walk.

The shocking attack took place near the town of Elland in West Yorkshire on October 19 between 6.30am and 7.49am.

The woman was left needing hospital treatment and West Yorkshire Police are now appealing for help identifying the three men responsible.

The woman, 20, was walking near Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve (pictured) when she was attacked and then raped

The woman, 20, was walking near Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve (pictured) when she was attacked and then raped

Originally, the crime was reported as an assault but the victim has recently had the courage to reveal the full details of the attack to officers.

According to the Huddersfield Examiner, detectives say the 20-year-old was assaulted on a canal towpath while on a walk.

The men reportedly approached the victim while she was walking on the towpath between the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve and the Colliers Arms pub.

The men reportedly approached the victim while she was walking near the Colliers Arms pub (pictured)

The men reportedly approached the victim while she was walking near the Colliers Arms pub (pictured)

The men then assaulted the woman before raping her and fleeing the scene.

She was left with injuries which required her to get hospital treatment.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 referencing crime number 13180545115.

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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