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Leeds woman 'traumatised' after man dragged her across grass and tried to sexually assualt her

By Lucy Marshall

A Leeds woman in her 20s was dragged along grass before a male attempted to sexually assault her.

West Yorkshire Police Homicide detectives are appealing for information the victim was walking on a footpath between Domestic Road and Cross Ingram Road around 9.15am on Thursday, (May 5). Moments later police report she was grabbed from behind before being dragged to a nearby grassed area.

An individual walking nearby saw the male, who was wearing a black jack with a fur-trimmed hood, a black beanie hat, and a black face covering over his mouth. He was scared off by the passer-by and ran off.

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The incident has left the victim "traumatised", and detectives are now appealing for anyone with any information to come forward to help identify the suspect. Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson said: "The victim has been left traumatised by this attack and we have specially-trained officers supporting her as we continue to carry out enquiries to identify the person responsible.

"We are treating this incident very seriously and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and witnessed anyone acting suspiciously or saw the suspect running off in the direction of Armley Gyratory.

"We appreciate that an incident of this nature will cause understandable concern in the community and we are liaising closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their presence in the area to reassure people."

Anyone with information, particularly anyone who was driving in the area and may have relevant dashcam footage, is asked to contact the investigation team via 101 quoting Operation Palmerston reference 13220240427 or online via the live chat facility. Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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