Manhunt launched after woman was sexually assaulted in former mill in Bradford

A major investigation has been launched after a woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Bradford.

By Jonathan Pritchard
Sunday, 30th January 2022, 12:44 pm
Updated Sunday, 30th January 2022, 12:48 pm

Detectives from West Yorkshire Police's homicide and major enquiry team have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

The sickening assault happened within the Velvet Mill complex - a series of apartments set inside a Grade-II listed former mill - in Lilycroft Road at around 6.40pm on January 27.

The man in the image is described as in his late twenties, Asian, 5ft 10ins tall, and of a skinny build with a big forehead.

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The victim said he had a receding hairline, which was thinning on top, with brown eyes. He was carrying a black rectangular bag with a thick strap.

The suspect was wearing Dsquared jeans which were blue with a white paint/fade effect, a black hoody with a white design on the front and possibly blue/red design on the left chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Marc Bowes of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “A number of enquiries have been ongoing by detectives into this serious offence and specially trained officers have been supporting the victim, who has clearly undergone a very frightening ordeal.

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“As part of our investigation we can now release images of a man we wish to identify and I would ask anyone who recognises this male, or who can assist the investigation in any way to contact us.”

If you have information to be passed on to police, contact the major enquiry team using reference number 1427 of January 27 or the crime reference number 13220048541 on 101, or online here.Alternatively, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.