Arrest made after three children report man committing 'lewd act' in Rothwell park

Police have made an arrest after three children reportedly saw a man committing a 'lewd act' in a park in Leeds.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 3:46 pm
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 3:48 pm
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Officers were called to Springhead Park in Rothwell just after 6.30pm on Sunday, May 30.

A man had been seen committing the act by three girls, aged 11 and 12, while they were paddling in Oulton Beck.

The children shouted and the man ran off up the hill onto the main A639 Leeds Road and drove off.

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He was described as white, aged 40 to 50 and of medium to large build.

His hair was described as short cropped or bald, and he was said to be clean shaven and slightly tanned.

He was wearing a white short-sleeved t-shirt and was between 5ft 10inches and 6ft tall.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is on bail while police enquiries continue.

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a man fitting the description in the area or leaving the scene to contact DC 6922 McDonnell at Leeds District Safeguarding Unit via 101 quoting crime reference 13210268926.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in a Leeds park where a man was reported to have been seen by children committing a lewd act.

"Officers were called to the incident in Springhead Park in Rothwell shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday, May 30.

"The man had been seen by three girls aged 11 and 12 while they were paddling in Oulton Beck.

"They shouted and the man ran off up the hill onto the main A639 Leeds Road and drove off.

"He was described as white, aged 40 to 50, 5ft 10ins to 6ft, medium to large build, with short cropped hair or bald, clean shaven and slightly tanned. He was wearing a white short-sleeved t-shirt.

"A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently on bail while enquiries continue.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a man fitting the description in the area or leaving the scene is asked to contact DC 6922 McDonnell at Leeds District Safeguarding Unit via 101 quoting crime reference 13210268926 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat."