Published On: Sun, Mar 8th, 2015 on 2:40 pm

UPDATE: Appeals launched after teen, 18, is raped at bus stop

Police appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured in a serious sexual assault and attempted murder in Leeds on Friday have released further information.

Leeds Bus Stop Rape

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At about 10.52pm on 6 March, officers were called to Beeston Road, where they found an 18-year-old woman with a head injury.

The woman was taken to hospital, where it was discovered she had also suffered serious hip injuries.

A police investigation was launched into the incident and officers are carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community.

A man officers want to speak to in connection with the incident is described as Asian, in his early 20s, of slim build with receding dark hair.

“I am appealing directly to the community”

Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton of Protective Services (Crime) said: “This is a crime that has shocked the local community. We carried out an information seek last night in the area and people told us how disgusted they were at what happened.

“I also want to put an end to unhelpful speculation that this was a racially motivated attack – the victim in this was Asian, as is the person we want to speak in connection with the incident. This was not racially motivated.

“I am appealing directly to the community to help solve this terrible crime and we have a number of points we need the public’s help with.”

Police are wanting to speak to a lady who had been standing at the bus stop where the incident happened before getting on to a bus. Police believe it was either the number 1 or number 74 bus.

They also want to speak to a man seen running around the Beeston area on the same night and anyone who saw a man matching the description already issued who was acting suspiciously who may have been in the area for some time before the incident.

Police are also appealing to anyone who saw a man with blood on his shirt in the area that night.

“This is no time for family loyalty”

Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton added: “I would encourage people to think – was there something out of place – or did someone come home with blood on their shirt? This is no time for family loyalty – this was an horrific incident and the victim is lucky to be alive.”

Anyone who can help with the investigation can do so by contacting police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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