Schoolgirl, 12, abducted off the street and carried into woods before fighting back as cops release images of man

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COPS are urgently hunting a child snatcher after a 12-year-old girl was grabbed by the waist and carried to secluded woodland in Leeds.

The girl was walking to school when she was approached by the man near to the M621 flyover.

Police want to identify this man after a 12-year-old girl was grabbed and carried to woodland in Leeds
West Yorkshire Police

He carried her across the road to a hidden wooded area behind an electricity substation during the horror on April 23 at around 9.15am.

The girl bravely managed to fight back and the suspect fled after being disturbed by a passer-by who called police.

West Yorkshire Police have now released footage of a man they would like to speak to following the abduction.

He was filmed running across a park by the passer-by.

The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing and we urgently need to identify the man shown in these images


Detective Inspector James Entwistle

Cops have described him as white, medium height and build, with short dark hair and a beard.

He was wearing a blue hoody, black t-shirt and beige trousers with black stripes down each leg.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing and we urgently need to identify the man shown in these images.

“We believe the man is quite identifiable from these images and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises him or who has seen him in the area.


“The victim and her family have been left shocked and upset by what happened and we are continuing to support them as we progress the investigation.

“We recognise the understandable concern that an incident such as this will be causing in the community and we are continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the local neighbourhood policing team to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190207155 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The suspect fled after being disturbed by a passer-by
West Yorkshire Police
Footage showed him running away
West Yorkshire Police
Cops urgently want to identify him
West Yorkshire Police

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