Police hunt hooded ’15-year-old’ serial sex attacker after FOUR women aged 19 to 55 were targeted in separate assaults in Leeds
- A 55-year-old woman was sexually assaulted last night as she walked alone
- The incident has been linked to three other cases reported in the last week
- Police have called on witnesses of any of the four attacks to come forward
A sexual assault on a woman last night in Leeds has been linked to a series of recent incidents in the nearby area.
A 55-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man as she walked in Lovell Park Road at 6.15pm last night.
The suspect, described as black, aged about 15, and wearing a black hoodie and glasses, fled when the victim said she was calling police.
The incident has been linked to three other assaults on women in the Little London, Headingley and Woodhouse areas last week.
Four sexual attacks on women in Leeds have been connected by police (stock image)
The first happened at about 5pm on Wednesday when a 29-year-old woman crossed paths with the suspect who was walking in the opposite direction.
He turned back and grabbed the victim from behind and sexually assaulted her before running away.
The next day a 19-year-old woman was sat at a bus stop in Otley Road, Headingley, near to the junction with St Anne’s Road.
A male sat down next to her for about ten minutes before sexually assaulting her. She challenged him and he walked off towards Headingley.
And on Friday at 7pm a 30-year-old woman was walking along Lovell Park Road towards Little London when she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted.
She screamed and the male ran off down the steps towards Primrose Circus.
All three women described a black man aged about 15 to 18 in sports wear.
Detective Inspector James Entwistle of Leeds District CID, said: ‘We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into these incidents and would still like to hear from anyone who has witnessed any of them, particularly last night’s offence, or who has any information that could assist the investigation.
‘We are continuing to liaise closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their patrols of the areas involved to deter any further incidents and reassure the community.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210062195 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.