Police Hope Fancy Dress Outfit Can Help Find Leeds Attacker

17 May 2017, 06:18

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Detectives are hoping a man dressed in a distinctive fancy dress outfit may help them trace the person responsible for a serious attack in Leeds.

The man wearing a giant penis outfit was part of a group present at the scene when the 26-year-old victim was assaulted in the city centre in the early hours of a Sunday morning last month.

The victim was left needing an operation for his injuries, which included a shattered shin bone, dislocated and cracked knee and torn ligaments, and will need further surgery, West Yorkshire Police said.

The attack happened at the junction of Albion Street and Boar Lane at around 3am on Sunday.

A police spokesman said the man wearing the penis costume was with the attacker in a group of around 10 men, who were possibly a stag party.

The attacker is described as white, around 6ft tall, with a shaved head and wearing a beige or white top.

Another member of the group is described as shorter, of stocky build, with black hair and wearing a red and white t-shirt.

Detective Constable Gaynor Burt, of Leeds District CID, said: "The victim was very badly injured in this attack and will still require further surgery.

"While the nature of costume worn by one of the group might be amusing to some, we are hoping that mentioning it will jog someone's memory and assist in tracing those responsible for what was a serious assault that has left the victim with long-term consequences.

"We have been making extensive enquiries to identify those involved and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist in tracing the group involved, who were possibly a stag party or similar.

"The costume worn by one of the group is very distinctive and we think anyone who encountered them during the evening would recall it.''

Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact DC 3146 Burt at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13170151315 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.