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Manhunt launched after girl, 14, pushed into canal and sexually assaulted

Police have now released an Efit picture of a man they want to talk to (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

A chase has been launched after a teenage girl was pushed into a canal before she and a friend were sexually assaulted.

The incident took place when a man approached the 14-year-old girl who was with friends near Scofield Bridge in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, around noon. 14 on 14 August.

After talking to the group for a while, he pushed the girl into the canal.

He then spoke indecently to the girl as she came out before groping her and one of her friends.

The two victims, both described as shaken but not physically injured, ran from the scene.

West Yorkshire Police have now released an Efit picture of a man they want to talk to in connection with the incident, which is being treated as a sexual assault.

Dewsbury police have released an E-fit and a picture of a man they want to talk to after a teenager was pushed into a canal and sexually assaulted

The man is described as Asian and aged around 20 (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

The Dewsbury Neighborhood Policing Team would like to speak with anyone who can identify the male image described as Asian and aged around 20 years.

Inspector Lee Baragwanath said: ‘We have been conducting extensive investigations into this incident since it was reported and are now able to release an Efit of a man we wish to speak to.

‘Due to the nature of the incident, this case was registered as a sexual offense and we have spoken to the victim and their parents.

‘Fortunately, incidents of this kind are rare and no subsequent offenses of this kind have been reported.

Dewsbury police have released an E-fit and a picture of a man they want to talk to after a teenager was pushed into a canal and sexually assaulted

The Dewsbury Neighborhood Policing Team would like to speak to anyone who can identify the male (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

‘I would ask anyone who recognizes the man in the picture or who has any information at all about what happened to contact us.

‘You may contain important information that enables us to identify this perpetrator.’

Anyone with information about the man or the incident is asked to call 101 with reference to crime number 13210411769.

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