Police release image of man they want to talk to after sex attack

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This is the image of a man police want to speak to, after a woman was sexually assaulted on a canal towpath.

Police have today released the efit picture as they continue to appeal for witnesses to the assault, which took place in Knottingley on Sunday morning.

Canal towpath Knottingley

Canal towpath Knottingley

The victim, aged in her 30s, was jogging along a towpath on the north side of the canal at around 10.30am.

She was passing under a bridge at Hill Top and Bridge Lane, when a man approached her and sexually assaulted her, before making off from the scene.

A woman walking her dog then appeared on the towpath nearby.

The suspect is described as aged in his 30s, around 6ft tall, of muscular build with broad shoulders.

He had light brown hair with white highlights, tanned or olive skin and he spoke with a foreign accent.

He wore a long sleeved grey top and dark blue tracksuit bottoms.

The woman who may have witnessed the assault is believed to have been in her 50s and was walking a white and grey Jack Russell-type dog.

Sergeant Phil Davis, of Wakefield CID, said: “We are continuing to appeal for information about this incident and I hope by the releasing the efit image that a member of the public will recognise the man and come forward with any information to assist with our enquiries.

“I would also ask for anyone who believes they know the woman walking her dog to contact police, as she may have information valuable to the investigation.” 

Anyone with information should contact Wakefield CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170243260. 

Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.