Appeal: Attempted serious sexual assault in Middleton

Detectives have made a fresh appeal for witnesses as they continue to investigate an attempted serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

The Leeds District Safeguarding Unit has said a number of enquiries are underway but they still want witnesses to come forwards as they investigate an incident which took place in the early hours of Friday morning (14 February 2020) on fields next to Newhall Road in Middleton.

Officers were called at 4.20am on Friday with a report of an attempted serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

The victim, who is aged in her twenties, reported being grabbed by a man and dragged onto a field next to Newhall Road, in Middleton. She fought him off and ran home.

Detective Inspector Carl Morrison of the Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“We have a number of active enquiries ongoing into this serious offence and have been conducting forensic examinations at the scene.

“The victim has been supported by specially trained officers and we continue to seek witnesses who may have been in the area at the time and maybe saw or heard something suspicious or have information about what happened.

“Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Leeds District Safeguarding Unit via 101 quoting crime reference 13200081024 or online via


This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police