E-fit released as investigations continue into sex attack in Leeds ginnel

E-fit of Pendas Way sex attacker
E-fit of Pendas Way sex attacker

Police have today released an e-fit image of a man they are continuing to hunt over what they called a “very frightening” attempted rape attack on a woman as she got off a bus.

The 24-year-old victim had left the number 40 bus on Pendas Way, Cross Gates, Leeds, at about 9.35pm on Thursday when she was grabbed by a man who dragged her into a ginnel near the junction with Pendas Grove.

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.

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, head of Leeds district reactive CID

He tried to pull her leggings down but she fought back and he ran off in the direction of John Smeaton Academy.

Police said the man would have gone on to carry out a serious sexual assault if she hadn’t managed to fight him off.

The attacker was described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build and aged in his late 30s. He had short or shaved hair, short stubble on his face and a skinny nose.

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, head of Leeds district reactive CID, said: “Our investigation is continuing and 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.

“As we highlighted previously, we are not currently linking this incident to the attempted murder and serious sexual assault in Beeston.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are continuing to carry out increased patrols in the area to reassure the community. We continue to advise people to be conscious of their personal safety when out at night and to avoid walking alone and stick to well-lit areas.”

Anyone with information should call Leeds district CID via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.