London Man Suspected of Attacks on 25 Women Caught on Camera
In London, for the last one year a sex offender has allegedly assaulted at least 25 victims, including girls as young as eight on the way to school, according to the police.
The suspect has been caught on CCTV camera targeting women aged eight to 34 in public places. Scotland Yard said that the assaults are linked and that the man is white, in his 40s and with blue eyes.
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Previously police said they believed they were dealing with around 10 linked assaults but a review of other sexual assaults across south London led police to increase the number significantly, and to attribute the offences to one man.
DCI Andrew Furphy said there was a strong possibility that the offences are linked. “The description given of the attacker is of a middle-aged white man with blue eyes,” he said.
Most of the victims were teenage girls and they were targeted in their school uniforms. Police say there are more victims who have not reported what happened.
The offences took place between 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm. The first incident is believed to have taken place on 16 October last year – a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Foxfield Road, Orpington, at around 9.15 am.
“Our officers have been working tirelessly to apprehend the suspect, but we need the public’s help. CCTV shows footage of a male that we would like to speak to who we believe may be able to assist our investigation. If this is you or if you know who this person is, please contact us,” said Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Furphy.
He also said that there may be further victims who have not spoken out. He said that if women do report, their information will be treated with strict confidence and sensitivity, and has encouraged them to speak out.
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