Detectives have praised Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus for its role in helping catch a serial sex attacker.
The T&A had printed and distributed hundreds of ‘Wanted’ posters featuring the suspect’s e-fit image and a public appeal for information.
Women and girls kept a night-time curfew while the photofit image of their tormentor appeared in windows and shop fronts throughout the area.
On 27 March, Nicholas Wright, a 20-year-old mortgage adviser, was jailed for life for three counts of attempted rape over five months last year.
Detective Superintendent Phil Sedgwick said: “From the moment we opened the incident room to the moment he was arrested, Wright did not commit any more crimes.
“This was due to the publicity surrounding our inquiry and the T&A’s posters certainly played a major part. At the time, you could hardly go anywhere in the area without seeing one.”
When police searched Wright’s car, they found a copy of the T&A carrying the first published picture of the e-fit.