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Police investigating Leeds attempt sex assault release suspect pic

Police investigating an attempted serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds have released an e-fit image of the offender.

Police release e-fit of man they want to trace over attempt sex attack Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The 24-year-old victim was attacked in Pendas Way, Cross Gates, shortly before 9.35pm on Thursday, April 16, after she got off a Number 40 bus from Leeds near to the junction with Pendas Grove.

The man dragged her into a nearby ginnel and tried to pull her leggings down.

She fought back and he ran off in the direction of John Smeaton Academy.

He was described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, of skinny to medium build and aged in his late thirties. He was bald or had short hair, brown and grey stubble on his face, a skinny nose and was said to have a head that was small for his body.

He was wearing a faded black hooded top with the hood up and possibly tracksuit bottoms.

We have been carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the man responsible for this attack.

We have also been speaking to the victim in detail to build up as clear a picture as we can of the circumstances of the offence and of the offender himself. As part of that work with the victim an e-fit image of the offender has been produced.

The image is very distinctive and I would ask people to look at it closely and let us know immediately if they think they know who it might be.

We remain convinced that this man intended to seriously sexually assault the victim and was only deterred when she fought back. It is therefore vitally important that we identify and arrest him as soon as possible.

We are not currently linking this incident to the attempted murder and serious sexual assault in Beeston."

– Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, West Yorkshire Police


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