Hunt for ‘child snatcher’ seen running away from woodland after ‘abducting 12-year-old girl on her way to school and carrying her to secluded spot before she bravely fought him off’
- Girl was on her way to school last Tuesday morning when she was attacked
- Man tried to pull into a wooded area but she managed to fight him off
- Detectives release footage of bearded man running away over a local park
- Do you know the man in the footage? Email [email protected]
Police are hunting a man who dragged a 12-year-old girl into a wood before the youngster managed to fight him off and get away.
The girl was attacked on her way to school in the Hunslet area of Leeds on the morning of April 23.
The brave girl fought the man off and ran away to raise the alarm.
Detectives today released footage filmed by a woman who witnessed the incident and filmed a man running across a nearby park.
Police want to speak to this man after a 12-year-old girl was attacked on her way to school last week
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘The victim was on her way to school on Old Run Road, Hunslet, at about 9.15am on Tuesday, April 23, when she was approached by a man near the M621 flyover.
‘He grabbed her around the waist and picked her up and carried her across the road towards a secluded wooded area behind an electricity substation.
‘He ran off after the girl fought back and he was also disturbed by a woman passer-by who contacted the police.
‘He was described as white, medium height and build, with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a blue hoody, black t-shirt and beige trousers with black stripes down each leg.’
CCTV released today shows a man police want to speak to walking in the area
Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: ‘The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing and we urgently need to identify the man shown in these images.
‘The woman who intervened was able to film him on her phone as he ran off across a nearby park off Moor Road and we also have CCTV footage of him in the area which we are releasing.
‘We believe the man is quite identifiable from these images and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises him or who has seen him in the area.
‘The victim and her family have been left shocked and upset by what happened and we are continuing to support them as we progress the investigation.
‘We recognise the understandable concern that an incident such as this will be causing in the community and we are continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the local neighbourhood policing team to reassure people.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190207155 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The girl was attacked this flyover in the Hunslet area of Leeds last Tuesday
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