CCTV images of a man suspected of assaulting a young woman on a city centre canal towpath have been released by police.
The 20-year-old was walking through the city along Gas Street and Granville Street and decided to take the canal towpath at around 2pm on Friday 21 February.
Whilst on the canal towpath a man approached her and pushed her against a wall where he assaulted her.
Since the assault officers have been trawling CCTV and are keen to speak to a man seen following her through the city and onto the canal towpath.
He is described as mixed race with a freckled complexion. He is believed to be in his forties and has short black afro hair and is believed to be a smoker.
Detective Constable Lucy Harris, from the Ladywood Adult Public Protection Unit, said: “We have been trawling CCTV and piecing together what happened and are now in the position to release an image of a man we would like to speak to in connection with this investigation.
“From CCTV footage it appears that he may have followed this woman through the city before following her onto the canal towpath.
“I would like to reassure people that since this incident nothing similar has been reported. I am now urging anyone who recognises this man to call with a name or provide an address of where he lives.
“I would also like to appeal to the man in the image to do the right thing and to come forward.”
If anyone has any information that could help the investigation they are urged to call Ladywood PPU on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity onÂ 0800 555 111