Detectives Appeal Over Sexual Assault On Woman, Cliffe Drive, Rawdon.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Detectives are appealing for information following a sexual assault on a woman in Rawdon last night.

The victim, aged in her twenties, was walking in the countryside on Cliffe Drive shortly before 7pm on Sunday (21/3) when she was grabbed by a man and sexually assaulted.

The man was disturbed when the victim’s phone rang, and he ran off further down Cliffe Drive.

The woman ran back the way she had come across Rawdon golf course and called a friend. She returned home and police were contacted.

The man was described as being aged in his twenties to forties, and wearing all black clothing, with the bottom half of his face covered with a mask or snood.

The incident occurred on a muddy tree-lined section of Cliffe Drive that lies between Woodlands Drive and Rawdon Hall Drive.

Detective Inspector Amanda Wimbles, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the man responsible for this attack.

“The victim has been left distressed, and we have specially-trained officers supporting her.

“A scene is currently in place on the part of Cliffe Drive where the incident occurred, to undergo specialist searches.

“This is an area of countryside that is popular for walks and we would like to hear from anyone who was in the area around sunset when the incident occurred and saw anything that could assist the investigation.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have noticed someone hanging around or acting suspiciously in the area at any other time.

“We appreciate that an incident of this nature will cause understandable concern in the local community and we are liaising closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Pettydon or crime reference 13120141650 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Information, including any relevant CCTV, dashcam or phone footage, can also be provided through the Major Incident Public Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/13XM020120S65-PO1

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