Police issue E-fit of suspect accused of sexual assault

Police issue E-fit of suspect accused of sexual assault

October 8, 2021

Police issue E-fit of suspect accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls after throwing one into a canal

  • Two teenage girls were attacked by a suspect in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 
  • The man allegedly threw one of the girls into a canal before the assaults 
  • The suspect is described as an Asian man believed to be aged around 20 

Police are searching for a man who pushed a 14-year-old girl into a canal before sexually assaulting her in West Yorkshire. 

The suspect, who is believed to be in his 20s, approached the victim who was with friends at 2pm on August 14 close to Schofield Bridge in Dewsbury. 

Detectives investigating the case have issued an E-fit of the man who they wish to talk to in connection with the incident. 

Police have issued an E-fit of a man they wish speak to after two teenage girls were sexually assaulted in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire on August 14

Officers attached to the Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team would like anyone who can identify the suspect to come forward. 

It is alleged the man pushed the girl into the canal and sexually assaulted her after she got back onto the towpath. The man then sexually assaulted the girl’s friend. 

West Yorkshire Police said both victims were ‘shaken but not physically harmed’. 

The man, who is described as an Asian man aged around 20, ran from the scene.   

Inspector Lee Baragwanath of Dewsbury Neighbourhood Teams, said: ‘We have been conducting extensive enquiries into this incident since it was reported, and are now in a position to release an E-fit of a man we wish to speak with.

‘Due to the nature of the incident this matter was recorded as a sexual offence and we have been speaking with the victim’s and their parents.

The man was photographed fleeing the scene of the attack in August

‘Thankfully incidents of this nature are rare and no subsequent offences of this kind have been reported.

‘I would ask anyone who recognises the man pictured or who has any information at all about what took place to contact us.

‘You may hold a vital piece of information that will enable us to identify this offender.’

Anyone with information about the attack or who can identify the man, is asked to call West Yorkshire Police on 101 citing reference number 13210411769. 

Witnesses can also contact detectives  online via: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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