West Yorkshire Police have praised local people for their response to the appeal for information as they track down the Beeston sex attacker.
An 18 year old woman standing at a bus stop on Beeston Road was attacked, sexually assaulted and left with serious injuries at around 10:50pm on Friday 6 March 2015.
Each release of information: CCTV clips, E-fit and the poster has resulted in hundreds of calls to the enquiry team. The team, one of the biggest assembled in years, is sifting through the information passed to them. Although they haven’t been able to identify the attacker yet, they are confident that they will succeed, as they have been able to gather a lot of forensic evidence at the crime scene.
Further CCTV footage has been released today showing the suspect outside Tesco Express on Burley Road earlier in the evening.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen said:
“We believe he is of Pakistani or Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his early twenties, slim with receding hair. He was wearing a green Puma hooded top with a large logo on the front, dark coloured jeans with faded areas on the thighs, white trainers and a dark coloured bomber jacket with a hood.
“I want people focus on these various elements and let us know if they match anyone they may have seen in the area or if they fit with any suspicions they have about someone they know.
“We are continuing to conduct extensive enquiries to identify this man and we remain determined to find him and bring him to justice.”
Speaking to South Leeds Life, Inspector Chris Bowen of the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team confirmed they were considering asking men in the area to come forward voluntarily to give DNA samples so that they can be eliminated from the enquiry.
He said that his team are continuing to mount increased patrols in the area and he is doing his best to keep community leaders informed of progress.
The attacker is described as being of Pakistani or Middle Eastern origin, aged in his early twenties, slim, with receding black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and possibly a light blue top with a hood.
Insp Bowen urged anyone to with any information that might help the Police to find the attacker to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry team on 01924 334710, or via 101, or to ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.