Police have launched an urgent appeal after a girl aged 12 was abducted as she walked to school and then carried into a secluded wooded area by a man.

Police have released footage of the man they want to speak to following the very disturbing incident.

The girl had left home and was walking to her school in Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire on April 23rd

Police say a man grabbed the girl around the waist, picked her up and carried her across the road towards a secluded wooded area behind an electricity substation.

The girl bravely fought back but the man was disturbed by a woman passer-by who alerted police.

The woman intervened and was able to record a video of the man on her mobile phone.

The girl and her family have been left “shocked and upset”, and they are receiving support from officers.

Police have described the man as white and of medium height and build with short dark hair and a beard.

He was wearing a blue hoody, black t-shirt and beige trousers with black stripes down each leg.

Police have described it is a “very disturbing” incident as they appeal for information from the public.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing and we urgently need to identify the man shown in these images.

“The woman who intervened was able to film him on her phone as he ran off across a nearby park off Moor Road and we also have CCTV footage of him in the area which we are releasing.

“We believe the man is quite identifiable from these images and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises him or who has seen him in the area.

“The victim and her family have been left shocked and upset by what happened and we are continuing to support them as we progress the investigation.

“We recognise the understandable concern that an incident such as this will be causing in the community and we are continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the local neighbourhood policing team to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190207155 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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