Police appeal for information on sexual assaults on Leeds women


Police are appealing for information after three sexual assaults on women in Leeds are believed to be linked.

A 25-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man who had followed her in Newport View, Headingley, some time between 2am and 3am on Saturday, March 22.

The suspect was described as black with a dark skin tone and aged in his twenties.

Detectives believe the incident could be linked to two earlier offences in the same area which involved a similarly described suspect.

At about 11.45pm on Friday, March 7, a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in St Michael’s Lane, Headingley, by a man who approached her from behind. He ran off when witnesses nearby shouted at him.

A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man near the junction of St Michael’s Lane and Cardigan Road at about 12.15am on Saturday, March 8. He ran off when the victim resisted.

Detective Inspector John Dexter, of Leeds District CID, said: “There are some clear similarities between these offences and we are looking at whether they are all linked. We are conducting extensive enquiries into these incidents and have made arrests.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are aware of these incidents and have mounted additional patrols in the area. Our advice to women remains the same as it would at any other time. We would ask that they always give consideration to their personal safety, particularly late at night, and think about how they will get home. Ideally travel by bus or taxi or walk with a group of friends if they have to walk.”

Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Sam Standen at Weetwood Police Station via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men, aged 24 and 32, have been arrested in connection with the incidents and are currently on police bail pending further enquiries.