Sex attacker robs teenage girl in broad daylight

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A teenage girl was sexually assaulted and robbed in broad daylight.

The 17-year-old victim was approached from behind by a man on Lady Ann Road, Batley, at 9.30am on Thursday.

The man grabbed the girl before carrying out a sex attack. He then ran off with her iPhone.

The incident took place on a footpath close to the junction of West Street, which runs under the railway line.

The suspect was about 5ft 7ins tall, slim and was wearing a black jacket and carrying a carrier bag.

Det Insp Andy Leonard, of Kirklees CID, said: “The girl is now safe and well at home with her family recovering from her ordeal.

“This was an attack in broad daylight on a girl going about her daily business and we would appeal for witnesses.

“I would especially like to speak to a female pedestrian who is believed to have been on either Lady Ann Road or West Street immediately before the assault and may have seen the suspect.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that this type of assault is rare, and we are determined to identify the attacker.”

Anyone with information should contact Kirklees CID on 101 or Crimestoppers , anonymously, on 0800 555 111.