Domestic Notices West Yorkshire

Purse Appeal On Attempted Serious Sexual Assault, Armley, Leeds

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Detectives investigating an attempted serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds are appealing to trace the victim’s missing purse, which may have been taken by the attacker.

The victim, aged in her twenties, was attacked by a man as she walked through Gotts Park, in Armley, at about 11pm on Saturday (27/6).

She managed to get away and ran out of the park onto Rombalds Grove where she was helped by two women who have now been identified and spoken to by officers.

During the incident, the victim lost her purse, which was a black Primark purse with a gold bow on it and a gold zip with a tassel (as pictured).


Searches have been carried out in the park but the purse has not been recovered and it is suspected it may have been taken by the attacker and later discarded.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are continuing to support the victim and are carrying out extensive enquiries as part of our ongoing efforts to identify the suspect.

“The victim lost her purse during the attack and it’s possible it was taken by the attacker. It is quite a distinctive item and we are keen to hear from anyone who has found such a purse dumped in the area or anywhere else.

“We are treating this incident very seriously and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of the attack or who has any other information that could assist the investigation.

“We are also liaising with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who have increased their patrols of the area to reassure the community following this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13200321901 or online via

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday 28 June 2020

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an attempted serious sexual assault on a woman in Armley last night.

The victim a woman in her 20s reported to police that she had been assaulted by an unknown male as she was walking through Gotts Park at 11pm (27 June.)

The woman managed to run away and was helped by two unknown females.

A scene is currently in place around the park whilst forensic examination takes place.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle of Leeds District CID said:

‘Our investigation is at an early stage but we are treating this incident as very serious.

‘The victim is understandably shaken by what’s happened and suffered minor injuries in the incident. She is now being supported by specially trained officers.

‘We are carrying out extensive enquiries to find the suspect.

‘We would appeal directly to the two women who helped the victim to come forward and anyone else who was in the Gotts Park area at the time and who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

‘We appreciate that this incident will cause some concern in the community and we are working closely with our neighbourhood policing team to provide reassurance in the area.’

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 or use the live chat facility at quoting crime reference 13200321901

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111