A teenager was dragged into woods and raped in broad daylight as she walked home through a park.
The appalling attack was carried out in the middle of the day on Thursday as the 17-year-old walked through Bowling Park in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Police are hunting the perpetrator, who has been described as an Asian male aged between 20 and 25. He is thought to be between 5″5 and 5″7″ inches tall of athletic build and was wearing light coloured jogging bottoms and a bright coloured hooded top.
The attack took place at 1.30pm.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus, from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We believe the suspect has followed the victim across the park from the tennis courts, past the monument on to the football fields before approaching her and taking her to a wooded area near Parkside Road where the attack took place.
“There will have been a number of people in and around the park at this time and I am appealing to anyone may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.
“It is possible someone may have witnessed what they believe to be a couple arguing and thought nothing of it, or the suspect in the park area prior to the attack.
“They could be vital witnesses to the investigation and we would ask them to come forward. “After the attack, the suspect is believed to have turned left out of the wooded area and headed towards Parkside Road, but it is unclear, the direction he travelled after that.
“We also believe a group of young males were near the cemetery end of Burras Road around the time of the incident and would ask them to come forward as they may hold vital information as witnesses.
“Enquiries are at an early stage and specially trained officers are continuing to support the victim at this time. Patrols by neighbourhood officers have been increased in the area to provide community reassurance.”
- Anyone with any information is urged to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or callCrimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.