Appeal after boy grabbed in Leeds

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    Police are appealing for information after an 11-year-old boy was grabbed by a man in Leeds.

    The boy had been playing with a friend near to a block of garages in Broom Nook, Belle Isle, at about 5.45pm on Sunday 29 April when the friend went off to a nearby shop on his bike.

    While the victim was waiting a man approached him from behind and grabbed him by the shoulder. He pulled away but the male grabbed him again.

    Another man appeared from a nearby ginnel and shouted at the man who ran off.

    The suspect was described as being quite tall and of skinny build. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and gloves.

    Officers are also keen to trace the man who intervened so they can speak to him as a witness. He was described white, aged in his forties, with grey hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt and grey jeans.

    Detective Inspector Dave McDougal, of Leeds District CID, said: “The boy was not injured but was left distressed by what happened. We are carrying out enquiries to trace the suspect and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the area and saw someone fitting his description.

    “We would also like to trace the other man who intervened and challenged the suspect as he will have information that can assist the investigation.

     “We are aware of the incident in Beeston on Thursday last week where a girl was grabbed in the street by a man but there is nothing to suggest any link at this stage and we are treating both as separate incidents.”

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