Schoolgirl is raped in broad daylight while walking along a path in Leeds as police launch hunt for attacker
- Girl, aged under 16, was attacked in woodland near to Farnley Academy, Leeds
- She managed to break free and flee to safety and call West Yorkshire Police
- Suspect is described as white, aged in his forties, tall, with short brown hair
A schoolgirl has been raped in broad daylight as she walked along a wooded path.
Police are hunting a man following the attack yesterday afternoon in woodland near to Farnley Academy, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
The girl, aged under 16, managed to break free from her attacker and flee to safety. She reported the attack to West Yorkshire Police at 11.28pm last night.
The attacker is described as white, aged in his forties, tall, with short brown hair.
Police are hunting a man who raped a girl, aged under 16, yesterday afternoon in woodland near to Farnley Academy, Leeds, West Yorkshire
The principal of Farnley Academy, Chris Stokes, has alerted parents to the sexual attack and teachers are being deployed today to provide extra safety for pupils leaving school.
West Yorkshire Police said that the incident happened at about 3.30pm on a wooded path between Farnley Academy and Maple Croft, New Farnley.
The victim reported being approached by a man and was subjected to a serious sexual assault. She managed to break free and ran off.
A scene is currently in place to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches.
Temporary Detective Superintendent Tony Nicholson, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: ‘We are treating this incident very seriously and have specialist safeguarding officers supporting the victim while we continue to establish the full circumstances.
‘We are carrying out extensive enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation, particularly if they saw anyone fitting the description of the suspect in the area around the time of the offence.
‘We recognise that an incident of this nature next to a local school will cause understandable concern in the community.
‘We are working closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure people and linking with key local contacts to keep them updated.’
The victim reported being approached by a man and was subjected to a serious sexual assault. She managed to break free and ran off
Academy Principal Mr Stokes informed parents: ‘I am writing to advise you that a person under the age of 16 has been subjected to a serious sexual assault in the wooded area next to school.
‘A police investigation is taking place in relation to the incident.
‘At the end of the day, today, we will be deploying additional members of staff into the area to ensure that students are able to proceed through the woods safely.’
The nearby Lawns Park Primary School has also alerted parents.
Anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting crime reference 13220007121
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