VIDEO: CCTV shows rapist walking through Leeds city centre

A still image of the 'distinctive' figure
A still image of the 'distinctive' figure
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Police have released CCTV footage of a rapist walking through Leeds city centre on the night he attacked a 24-year-old woman.

And detectives believe he may have stalked other potential victims before the early hours incident.

The victim was approached by the man in Mark Lane at 5.05am on Friday, August 14.

He tried to talk to her before sexually assaulting her. She ran off and reported the incident.

The attacker was black, aged 30 to 40 and tall, with a shaved head. He was wearing a long black overcoat and black trousers. He may have been carrying man’s shoulder bag.

Detective Inspector John Dexter, of Leeds District CID, said: “We have been carrying out an extensive trawl of CCTV cameras and have identified footage of the suspect walking around the city centre. He presents quite a distinctive figure and we hope that someone will recognise him from these images.

“We believe he may have approached other women in the period leading up to this attack and we would like to hear from anyone who has encountered him.

“The victim has been left badly traumatised by this incident and it is imperative that we identify and arrest this man at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Rachel Gilsenan at Elland Road police station via 101, quoting log number 223 of August 14. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.