Horror as girl, 12, is abducted on her way to school and carried to secluded woodland before bravely fighting back as police release images of man they want to speak to
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.
Detectives today released footage and images of a man they want to identify as part of the investigation.
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.’
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.’
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.
CCTV released today shows a man police want to speak to walking in the area