A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was stabbed with a syringe in a motiveless attack.
Now the youngster has an anxious three-month wait to discover if the attack has left her with a life-threatening condition.
But the attacker has a distinctive lion tattoo on his left forearm – and police are sure someone can name him from that alone.
The victim was walking on Towngate in Newsome when she was stabbed.
She was struck with a needle in her arm as a man ran past her.
The attack happened between 11am and 11.30am on Tuesday – but details have only just been released by the police.
Police have now made an urgent appeal for information to catch her attacker – and given out a detailed description.
The Newsome High School pupil was walking alone after leaving the school grounds during morning break to go to a nearby grocer’s shop.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "As she walked on Towngate she spotted two men shaking hands outside The Clarence public house.
"The girl thought she saw them passing something between them.
"One man then walked away and the girl saw the man turn to look at her.
"She changed direction and walked the other way to avoid having to pass him.
"But as she started walking away, the man ran past and struck the top of her right arm with a syringe.
"The needle broke the girl’s skin.’’
The victim was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and is currently undergoing tests for illnesses including HIV – but it will be three months before her results are known.
The spokesman added: "This was an unusual attack on a young girl and we have a good description of the man responsible.
"If anyone has any idea who he is we would urge them to contact us immediately.’’
The attacker is white, aged 18 to 21, 5ft 9ins and skinny. He has short shaved dark brown hair, a pale complexion and dark eyes.
He has a green or blue coloured lion tattoo on his left forearm with a lions head and both paws raised in what the girl described as a surrendering position.
He wore a grey hooded top and grey bottoms.
The man is known to frequent the Newsome and Berry Brow areas.
Contact Det Sgt Adrian Belle at Huddersfield CID on 0845 6060606.