Detectives in Batley are seeking information regarding a severe sexual assault. The Homicide Major Enquiry Team is currently investigating an attack on a woman near a wooded area off Taylor Street in Batley, which took place on Monday, September 11. They would like to speak with anyone who could assist in the police inquiries.

Specifically, they are interested in hearing from individuals who may have witnessed or possess footage of a dark-haired man sporting a vivid blue T-shirt, who was observed in the vicinity of the wooded area before 1.30pm.

The incident transpired between 1.30pm and 2pm, after the female victim walked along a path situated behind numbers 175 and 177 Taylor Street, heading towards the wooded area. She had noticed a man, clad in a bright blue T-shirt, trailing on the same path shortly before her.

As the victim was engaged in a telephone conversation, the male reappeared and approached her along the path adjacent to the wooded area. He forcibly pushed her to the ground and committed a sexual assault. The victim put up a fight, causing the assailant to flee.

DCI Guy Shackleton of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said: “We are following a number of lines of enquiry regarding this serious offence and specially trained officers are supporting the victim today.

“Clearly, we need to identify and arrest the suspect as soon as possible, and I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or have footage of the suspect to contact us.

“He was described as a man with dark hair and as wearing a bright blue T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms.

“He may have been loitering in the area prior to the attack, and I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen him standing in the Taylor Street area or fleeing the area of Taylor Street or Heritage Road.

“Anyone who can assist with enquiries is asked to contact HMET on 101 referencing crime number 13230506268. Information can also be given online at using the same reference number.

“It can also be provided anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”