Leeds & West Yorkshire

New images of towpath sex assault suspect released

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

Police have released more pictures of a man they are looking for in connection with a sexual assault in Leeds.

The 23-year-old woman was attacked on the Leeds/Liverpool Canal towpath near to Viaduct Road, just before the Kirkstall Railway Viaduct, on 19 July.

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

Mr Taylor was pictured withdrawing benefits at a post office on Hargreaves Street in Burnley on Tuesday.

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

Det Insp Lloyd Batley, of the homicide and major inquiry team, said: "We remain keen to trace David Laing Taylor as a matter of urgency and it is possible that he may still be in the Burnley area although we are keeping an open mind.

"Any members of the public who see him are asked not to approach him but to contact police immediately."

Police said he is believed to have connections to the Skipton area of North Yorkshire and Teeside.

He 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.

In the new images he is pictured wearing a dark-coloured jacket but is thought to be wearing the same white Reebok trainers.

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