Woman fights off sex attacker who pounced in Leeds flat

The attack happened in the Saxton flats, on The Avenue
The attack happened in the Saxton flats, on The Avenue
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Police are trying to trace a man following an attempted serious sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman in Leeds.

The woman was coming home to the Saxton flats complex, on The Avenue, yesterday evening, when she was followed into the building by the male, who briefly spoke to her.

He knocked on her door moments later and asked if he could use her toilet.

After getting inside he grabbed her and tried to sexually assault her.

She fought back and he left the flat and ran off towards Ellerby Road.

He is described as black, about 5ft 7ins, in his early to mid-twenties, and of medium to athletic build.

He had dark stubble and was wearing dark clothing and carrying a rucksack.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area.

Detective Inspector Fiona Gaffney, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was a really traumatic experience for the victim to be attacked like this in her own home and we urgently need to identify this man and arrest him.

“We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out extensive enquiries, including checks on CCTV in the area. We would like to hear from anyone who saw a man fitting this description in the area or running off from the building after the incident.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who has seen anyone like this acting suspiciously in the area or attempting to follow people through the secure entrances.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have increased their patrols of the area around the flats to reassure residents who will be understandably concerned by what has happened.

“We would like to remind people to always be conscious of their personal safety and to be wary of anyone trying to access communal areas of buildings such as this.”