Detectives investigating the serious sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman in Leeds city centre have released CCTV images and a video clip of a separate earlier incident as part of a new appeal for information.
The new images show a woman being approached near to the Clas Ohlson shop on the corner of New Briggate and the Headrow at around 1.30am on Monday by two males who appear to speak to her and possibly say something which offends her. At this point the woman, who is unconnected to the serious sexual assault, walks off along New Briggate and is followed for a short time by the two men.
Later that morning, at around 2am, a 22-year-old woman was grabbed on Fish Street by a group of males. She was dragged into a nearby doorway, where she was seriously sexually assaulted by at least one male.
West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are investigating the incident, and are appealing for information which can identify the woman or the two men.
The investigation is being led by Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor.
Det Supt Taylor said: “We would like to trace this woman as a matter of urgency because she may have vital information which can help us to identify the males involved in this incident, and I would ask that she contacts us as soon as possible.
The group of males involved in the serious sexual assault are believed to have approached the 22-year-old woman earlier in the evening as she left then Hi-Fi Club in Central Road, along with approaching other women in the city centre.
Officers remain keen to hear from any women who were approached by a group of dark-skinned males in Leeds city centre late on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday.
Det Supt Taylor said: “Incidents of this nature are very rare but are also extremely serious, and I would ask for any members of the public who think they can help our enquiries to come forward immediately.
“It may be that they feel the information they have will be of no interest to us, but in actual fact it may be crucial to tracing those responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 0845 6060606. Alternatively you can send text messages to 07786200805, starting your message with the word ‘LEEDS’.