Teen girl’s terrifying ordeal

Fusden Lane (off Spen Lane), Gomersal. (d07031253)
Fusden Lane (off Spen Lane), Gomersal. (d07031253)

A TEENAGE girl fought off five men who attacked her as she walked along Spen Lane.

At one point, the schoolgirl was forced onto the bonnet of a car and only managed to get away after kicking one of her attackers between the legs.

The 14-year-old was attacked while walking towards Cleckheaton near the Spen Valley Nurseries at around 8pm last Thursday.

Her ordeal began after she had seen two vehicles – a white van and a red car – repeatedly driving up and down the lane, slowing down each time they passed her.

According to police reports the scared girl phoned her mother to ask to be picked up – but lost her phone signal as she approached the junction with Fusden Lane. Just as her signal returned, she was grabbed from behind and pushed onto the car. After kicking out at her attacker, she was able to run up the hill and into the garden of a house in Spen Lane.

However, before she could raise the alarm, she was thrown to the ground, while the other men stood around and laughed at her distress.

She picked herself up and ran further up the road, with the men in close pursuit.

Her harrowing experience only ended when two motorcyclists came out from Nibshaw Lane, prompting her attackers to get in their vehicles and speed away along Shirley Road.

Her ordeal lasted just a few minutes, but Det Insp Andy Leonard said the girl was shaken but otherwise unhurt. He confirmed there was no sexual motive.

“We are determined to find the men responsible for this crime and I would like to appeal for any witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this to contact us,” he said.

“We would like to speak to the two motorcyclists who may have witnessed this, or anyone on the Shirley estate who may have seen the car and van speeding past.”

All five of the alleged attackers are described as Asian. The driver of the white van was in his 40s or 50s, with a long black curly beard and moustache and was of average build. He had a white dog with a red studded collar. Those in the car were all said to be in their 30s. One was well built and above average height, another was skinny and was clean shaven.

The driver of the car was also in his 30s, with stubble and a deep voice. The other passenger was clean shaven and much smaller than the other four.

If you have any information contact Det Con Brooke at Dewsbury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.