A TRAUMATISED mum-to-be lost her unborn baby following a terrifying knifepoint sex attack in a Leeds ginnel.
Police are hunting the predator who slashed the woman’s stomach during the dawn assault in Horsforth – and today appealed to the public for help.
The woman is thought to have been on her way to work when she walked through the ginnel connecting Broadgate Lane and Broadgate Walk.
Police said the man approached her and asked for the time before he pushed her against a wall and started pulling at her trousers. She fought back, but the attacker pulled out a knife and used it to cut her stomach.
The woman again put up resistance and the man ran off towards Broadgate Lane.
After being treated in hospital, the woman was released later the same day.
Det Chief Insp Jonathan Morgan, from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major inquiry team, said: “These type of incidents by their very nature are rare but extremely serious.
“After speaking to specially trained officers we have a good description of the suspect and I would ask anyone with information to get in touch.
“Despite the incident taking place early on a morning there were still a number of people in the local area walking dogs, picking up a paper or perhaps catching a bus.
“I would appeal to those people to cast their mind back and speak to us if they saw anything suspicious.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands the woman was several months pregnant but lost her baby, possibly as a result of the trauma of her ordeal.
The incident happened on Sunday.
Police initially cordoned off the ginnel, which is used as a common thoroughfare by pedestrians, and have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries.
The attacker was white, unkempt and in his 40s, of medium build and had short dark hair and stubble.
He was wearing blue jeans and a blue denim jacket with a dark-coloured t-shirt with a white lined pattern.
Anyone with information should contact the homicide and major enquiry team on 01924 334708 or via 101.
Information can also be left anonymously and in confidence by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.