Detectives release image of man wanted in connection with attack on woman

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DETECTIVES have released an image of a man they want to speak after a woman was attacked.

The 21-year-old victim was assaulted and had her clothes ripped by a gang of three men who also tried to steal her mobile phone and handbag.

The attack happened at 10.25pm near Mellwood Lane in Moorthorpe on Monday, August 13.

Despite extensive enquiries the culprits have still not been caught.

The victim was walking along a path through a field when she was stopped by the gang.

One man grabbed her handbag while another snatched her phone.

She managed to keep hold of her possessions but her top was torn in the process.

One of the men then demanded her phone before punching her.

The woman managed to run away before she was more seriously injured.

Detectives believe all three men were all white, Eastern European men aged in their early twenties.

The first suspect was described as being of a scrawny build with big eyes, with shaved short bleach blonde hair and a very pale, almost Albino complexion.

He was wearing a navy blue sweatshirt with the word Rockport on the front and stone washed jeans.

The second suspect had short dark hair with a flicked up fringe. He was described as skinny and was wearing dark clothing. He had a gold band on his wedding ring finger.

The third suspect was described had short dark messy hair and prominent cheekbones. He was wearing white, black and blue coloured trainers with a Puma symbol on them.

Inspector Geoff Carter, from the South East Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This was a traumatic incident for the young lady involved and these suspects need to be identified.

“Offences like this are really unusual in the South East area and I know we all what to ensure that it remains like that. I am asking all our local communities to support the appeal for information.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact DC Mark Hargreaves of Wakefield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.