Bramley Fall Woods: Dog walker grabbed by man

26 June 2016

Police are appealing for information after a woman was grabbed by a man while walking her dogs in Bramley Fall Woods.

The 30-year-old was walking her three dogs in the woods, off Pollard Lane, at about 7.45pm on Friday (June 24) when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her arm.

Her Akita dog, which was ahead of her on an extendable lead, returned to where she was and growled at the man and she left the woods to an open area nearby.

He was described as mixed race, about 5ft 9ins tall, slim, with black hair. He was wearing a grey top, possibly a hoody, and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said:

“We cannot say for certain what the man’s motive was but clearly this is an incident which causes us concern and we are carrying out enquiries to trace the man involved.”

DI Jackson said he was conscious of the similarity to an incident at ‘the quarry’ in Swinnow Lane, on Wednesday night where a woman out running was grabbed by a man. He added:

“There is nothing at this stage to suggest a clear link between the two and we are keeping an open mind.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Bramley Fall Woods at the time of the incident or who saw a man fitting the description in the area.

“It is possible there could be an explanation for the man’s actions and if there is and you are that person, we would ask you to come forward as soon as possible.”

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are increasing patrols in the area to reassure people and deter any further offences.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log number 1560 of June 24 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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