Woman fights off Leeds canalside assault

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A woman bravely fought off a hooded attacker who set upon her near a canal in Leeds.

The 40-year-old woman was walking down some steps towards the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Rodley at about 8.20am on Saturday when she was grabbed by the man.

He dragged her to the ground but, after a struggle, fled the scene on foot in the direction of Rodley roundabout and the Oaklands Road and Bagley Lane area.

Detectives believe that, a few minutes beforehand, the same man had approached another woman in her 20s.

The suspect is described as black, in his late teens, about 5ft 6in and of medium build.

He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a khaki green or grey coloured jacket with the hood pulled up.

Leeds District CID’s Detective Inspector Phil Jackson said: “This was a very frightening incident for the victim, who was thankfully unhurt.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via West Yorkshire Police’s 101 phone number, quoting log reference 494 and October 8.

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