Lone woman seriously sexually attacked on Christmas Eve as police launch appeal

A lone woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault on Christmas Eve - as police launch an urgent appeal for information.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a serious sexual assault in Woolley on the outskirts of Wakefield.

Wakefield District CID are appealing for information which took place sometime between 10pm and 10.50pm last night (December 24) on Woolley Edge Lane.

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It occurred after the lone adult female victim was approached by a man and subjected to a sexual assault, police said.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a serious sexual assault in Woolley on the outskirts of Wakefield.

A member of the public reported a suspicious incident and on police arrival, officers found the victim and came to her aid.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was left very distressed by the incident.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 5’10ft - 6ft4 tall, around 35 years old, stocky build, short hair, spoke with a Yorkshire accent and was smoking a cigarette.

A scene is in place whilst police carry out enquiries.

Detective Inspector Kristy Wright of Wakefield District CID said: "We are conducting a number of enquiries into this serious incident and specially trained officers are supporting the victim who has been left very shaken by what’s happened.

"I am appealing for anyone who was in the Woolley area last night who may have seen a woman in distress.

"I am keen to speak to a man who was driving along Woolley Edge Lane with two children in the car, who may have seen the victim trying to flag him down.

"There may have also been vehicles travelling through the village at the time and it’s possible someone may have seen the suspect or captured footage on a dashcam which could assist the investigation."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Wakefield District CID on 101 or use the live chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting log 1691 of 24 November.

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