Leeds Woman Sexually Attacked By 'Taxi' Man

4 October 2012, 18:13

A 20-year-old woman from Leeds got in to what she believed was a taxi and was sexually assaulted.

The assault happened on her way home to Bailon in the early hours of Sunday.

She woke up to find the driver had parked up in a remote lane. He then got into the back of the car and sexually assaulted her.

After he attacked her, he dropped the victim off near to her home address.

The 20-year-old believes the attack took place up a small track within about five miles of Menston.

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to trace in connection witht the sexual assault.

The car was a dark-coloured saloon, which had the appearance of a private hire vehicle.

The driver was described as black, aged in his late twenties and slim, but with chubby cheeks. He spoke little English and was wearing a black shirt.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Wood, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: ''This was an attack on a young lady who believed she was being transported safely home after a night out. Instead she was put through a frightening experience.

I am appealing to anyone who feels they recognise the man involved to get in touch immediately. This may have been a genuine private hire vehicle that had been loaned out unofficially or it could have been a genuine taxi driver.

I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the image to contact the police immediately. We will be able to forensically eliminate anyone who is put forward as a suspect.''

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