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High school student, 12, kidnapped in the street and taken to the woods before retaliating while police release images of the man



COPS are urgently hunting a child abductor after a 12-year-old girl was taken by the waist and taken to a secluded woodland in Leeds.

The girl was walking to school when she was approached by the man near the M621 viaduct.

    Police want to identify this man after a 12-year-old girl was taken and taken to a forest in Leeds

West Yorkshire Police

Police want to identify this man after a 12-year-old girl was taken and taken to a forest in Leeds

He carried it across the road to a hidden wooded area behind an electrical substation during the horror on April 23 at about 9:15 in the morning.

The girl bravely managed to retaliate and the suspect fled after being disturbed by a passerby who called the police.

West Yorkshire Police have now released images of a man they would like to speak to after the abduction.

He was filmed running in a park by the passerby.

The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing and we urgently need to identify the man shown in these images

Detective Inspector James Entwistle

The policemen described him as white, of medium height and constitution, with short dark hair and beard.

He wore a blue hooded blouse, black T-shirt and beige pants with black stripes on each leg.

Detective James Entwistle of the District of Leeds said: "The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing and we must urgently identify the man shown in these images.

"We believe that man is highly identifiable from these images and we would like to hear from someone who recognizes him or who has seen him in the area.

"The victim and his family were shocked and upset by what happened and we continue to support them as we move forward in the investigation.

"We recognize the understandable concern that an incident like this is causing in the community and we continue to work closely with our colleagues in the local policing team to reassure people."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Leeds District CID via 101, citing crime reference 13190207155 or calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.

    The suspect fled after being disturbed by a passerby

West Yorkshire Police

The suspect fled after being disturbed by a passerby
    Images showed that he was running away

West Yorkshire Police

Images showed that he was running away
    Police officers urgently want to identify him

West Yorkshire Police

Police officers urgently want to identify him


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