Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds towpath sex assault suspect named

David Taylor
Image caption David Taylor has connections to Teesside and North Yorkshire

Police have named a man they are looking for in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

The 23-year-old victim was attacked on the Leeds/Liverpool Canal towpath near to Viaduct Road, just before the Kirkstall Railway Viaduct, on Monday.

Detectives want to speak to David Laing Taylor, 47, of Reginald View, Chapeltown, Leeds, about the attack.

The public have been warned not to approach Mr Taylor but to contact police immediately if they see him.

Mr Taylor is described as white, about 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall with very short dark, greying hair and tattoos on his arms.

He is last known to have been wearing a white Nike T-shirt with a blue or grey band across the chest, light faded blue jeans and white Reebok trainers.

West Yorkshire Police said Mr Taylor was thought to be in the Leeds area but was known to have connections to Teesside and the Skipton area of North Yorkshire.

Police are examining CCTV footage from the area and speaking to people who were on or around the towpath between 1900 and 2030 BST on Monday.

Det Ch Insp Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We are keen to trace David Laing Taylor as a matter of urgency.

"I would ask that members of the public who see Mr Taylor do not approach him, but contact police immediately on 0845 6060606.

"The area is popular with joggers, walkers and dog walkers, and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and has not yet spoken to officers to come forward because you may have vital information which can assist enquiries."

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