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12 March 2015, 15:29
Detectives investigating the attempted murder and serious sexual assault of a woman in Leeds have released an e-fit image of the suspect.
The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was attacked by a man as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road, near to the junction with Tempest Road, at about 10.50pm on Friday night (6/3).
She was dragged from the bus stop into a nearby garden and struck over the head numerous times with a large stone before being seriously sexually assaulted. She received serious head injuries and a fractured hip.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "The victim is making a good recovery in hospital and we are continuing to support her and work very closely with her to gain as much information as we can about the incident.
"As part of that process, we have been able to produce an e-fit image of the man from her description of him. We would ask people to look at it closely and think very carefully if it is anyone they recognise.
"The description remains of him being of Pakistani or Middle Eastern origin, aged in his early twenties, slim, with receding black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and possibly a light blue top with a hood.
"We are still considering the possibility that the suspect could be somebody who is new to the area. They may be staying locally in a bedsit or hostel and I would like to hear from anyone who runs such premises who thinks they know who it might be.
"Our enquiries are ongoing and we are currently trawling the area for any CCTV footage of the suspect that could assist us in identifying him.
"The incident was captured on CCTV and it is clear there were a number of people in the area at the time, either walking down the road or getting on and off buses on either side of the road. I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area around that time.
"We are still trying to trace two potential witness – a woman who gets onto a Number One bus bound for Leeds shortly before the attack and a man with her who walks away down Beeston Road.
"We are also keen to identify the man seen running along Beeston Road and onto Parkfield Road shortly after the incident."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 01924 334710 or via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.