E-fit released in hunt for Leeds ginnel sex attacker UPDATED

E-fit of Pendas Way sex attacker
E-fit of Pendas Way sex attacker
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Police have issued an e-fit image as they continue to hunt the man behind an attempted rape attack on a woman in Leeds.

Detectives urged the public to “look closely” at the picture in a bid to trace the predator who attacked a 24-year-old woman in a ginnel in Cross Gates.

The victim had left the number 40 bus on Pendas Way at about 9.35pm on Thursday when she was grabbed by a man who dragged her into the ginnel near the Pendas Grove junction.

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.

Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson, head of Leeds district reactive CID, said it is “vitally important” they arrest him as soon as possible. She 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.”

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team in Cross Gates are carrying out increased patrols in the area and advise people not to walk alone and to stick to well-lit areas.

The attacker is described as white, about 5ft 9ins, skinny to medium build, in his late 30s, bald or with short hair, brown and grey stubble on his face, a skinny nose and was said to have a head that was small for his body. He wore a faded black hooded top with the hood up and possibly tracksuit bottoms.

Police said the incident is not being linked to the rape and attempted murder in Beeston.

Julian Cadman

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