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Woman sexually assaulted in Leeds

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was sexually assaulted in Leeds in the early hours of this morning (14 August).

At about 5am outside the Palace pub near Maude Street in the city centre, a 19-year-old woman was approached by a white man while she was making her way home after a night out. She told the man to go away but he persisted in following her, before then pushing her against the wall of the Palace pub off Kirkgate.

The victim resisted and the male then pushed her into bushes on the edge of the Maude Street car park. A female passer-by then spotted the attack and shouted at the man causing him to flee the scene. He was described as a white, around 20-30 years old and of medium build with fair brown hair.

"This was clearly a terrifying incident for the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers today. She received some visible physical injuries and was extremely distressed by what took place.

"It is important we locate this suspect as soon as possible and I would ask anyone who saw a man fitting the description walking alongside the victim near the Palace pub, or the same man fleeing the scene to contact us.

"Anyone who can assist is asked to contact myself at Leeds District CID on 101 quoting log 197 of August 14."

– Detective Sergeant Mark Atkinson of Leeds District CID

Police hunt bus sex pest

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted while travelling on a bus in Bradford.

The woman was travelling on the 607 towards the city centre at around 1pm on Thursday, 12 June, when she was touched over her clothing by an Asian man.

The suspect got off the bus outside Britannia House and is believed to have walked along Broadway, towards the pedestrianised shopping area.

He is believed to be around 40 years of age, six feet tall and of stocky build.

He had short black hair, described as scruffy, and was wearing traditional Asian dress which was light grey with a tinge of green.

We believe the suspect got on the bus in Leeds Road close to the junction with Dick Lane at about 12.55pm, so we would appeal to anyone who saw this man at the bus stop to come forward.

"We would also like to speak to a woman who asked the victim if she was okay when she got off the bus.

"She is believed to be in her late twenties with long brown and blonde hair and wearing a dark jacket, and might have got on the bus in Broadstone Way."

– Insp George Bardell, Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team

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Woman sexually assaulted in Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a serious sexual assault in Sheffield yesterday morning.

At about 4am an 18-year-old woman was subjected to the alleged attack in Endcliffe Park.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious around the area of Clarkehouse Road, Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe Vale Road and Endcliffe Park between 3am and 5am this morning are asked to come forward.

The suspect is described as a white man, who is in his early to mid 20s and of slim build. He is thought to have strawberry blonde or light brown, short hair and be around 5ft 8ins tall. The man was wearing dark clothing.

Police hunt sex attacker

Specially trained officers will be interviewing the victim of an alleged sexual assault that took place at a property in Theddlethorpe, near Mablethorpe.

The offender, who is not believed to be known to the victim, left the scene and police are currently searching the area with trained dog handlers and with the support of the Humberside Police helicopter.

The suspect is described as white, in his late 20s, around 5ft 9/10 with cropped dark hair and dark eyebrows. He is of a stocky build with a round face and there is a possibility that he speaks with a soft irish accent.

Police release e-fit image of suspect following sexual assault in Armley

Police want to trace a man with this description following a sexual assault. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to trace after a sexual assault on an 18-year-old woman in Armley.

The victim was walking on a footpath next to the rear wall of the prison off Hall Lane when she was grabbed by a man and sexually assaulted around 4.40pm on November 14.

The victim screamed which attracted the attention of another man who shouted at her attacker who then ran off.

It is believed the suspect left the scene in a vehicle, possibly a green Vauxhall Astra.

He was described as white, aged about 30, about 5ft 7ins tall, fat, with dark brown crew-cut hair and a stubbly beard. He was wearing a green polo shirt, dark cargo trousers and black work boots.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable 5318 Lee Swift at Weetwood police station via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Woman assaulted on Christmas day

A search is on for a man after a woman was sexually assaulted in Pudsey on Christmas day.

A 19-year-old woman was walking along Chaucer Avenue, near to the junction with Kent Road, when a man grabbed her bottom. She slapped his hand away and he ran off.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A similarly-described man indecently exposed himself to a schoolgirl as she walked through a ginnel alongside Oakwood Gardens off New Street at about 11.17am on November 30 and exposed himself to a 13-year-old schoolgirl in a ginnel tbetween South Parade and New Street at about 3.15pm on October 5.

On the first of those occasions he was described as wearing sun glasses that looked like cycling glasses, as shown in the efit.

Police appeal after sexual assault on Leeds train

The victim was sat on the train when a man came and sat next to her. The man then inappropriately touched her then exposed himself. This was an extremely distressing experience for the victim, and we are determined to catch the man responsible. The man we would like to trace has been described as Asian, 5ft10, approximately 20 years of age and of a slim build. He was wearing a short sleeved red checked shirt and carrying a rucksack. We believe that the man may have then travelled onto Bradford.

– PC Tahira Bibi, British Transport Police

CCTV picture released after sexual assault

British Transport Police would like to speak to this man Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police is appealing for information after a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on a train travelling between Stalybridge and Leeds on Thursday, 23 August 2012. Officers would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident, which took place at roughly 5:30pm.

Officers say the victim from Leeds was travelling on the 17.11 Manchester Piccadilly to Scarborough service when she was assaulted.

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