An 18-year-old woman was making her way home across Cross Flatts Park, Cross Flatts, at around 9.45pm after visiting friends for the evening. She leant against a tree to adjust her mobile phone and was passed by two men who were walking towards the park’s Dewbury Road exit.
They then turned back – one of them subjected her to a serious sexual assault while the other acted as a look-out. Her ordeal ended when the look-out said someone was coming. They fled from the area via Cross Flatts Avenue.
The victim made her way out of the park and raised the alarm with a woman in a nearby street. She suffered injuries which did not require hospital treatment but is extremely traumatised by the incident. She is being assisted by specially trained police officers.
The area has been subjected to a full forensic examination.
Her attacker is described as Asian, in his late 20s to late 30s, 5ft 9inches tall, skinny with brown eyes and a litte moustache. He wore a black zipped up hooded top with McKenzie written on the left hand side of his chest and black jogging bottoms. The second suspect, who acted as a look-out, is described as taller than the first man, chubby, wearing dark clothing with a hood over a dark baseball cap.
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Griffin, of the Force’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, appealed for anyone with information to come forward. She said:
It appears that the attack ended because they could hear people coming so clearly there were people in the area at the time who may have vital information to help the enquiry. I would ask them to get in touch with us now.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.