South Norwood Country Park: Manhunt after ‘linked’ sexual assaults on women in broad daylight

Josh Salisbury (25 June, 2019) Crime

"We would advise park users to be vigilant and will be providing additional patrols in the area."

30324Police said park users should be vigilant and there will be more patrols in the area after the attacks

Police have issued an appeal after a series of broad daylight sexual assaults and thefts from women in South Norwood Country Park.

The attacks are believed to have taken place between Friday May 3 and Friday June 21. Each of the six victims, aged from their early 30s to mid-60s were walking or jogging alone, five of them with their dogs.

Four were sexually assaulted and in four cases the suspect either stole or attempted to steal their mobiles.

None of the victims suffered any further injuries, said Scotland Yard, while the incidents are being treated as linked.

All the offences occurred in broad daylight, said police, on weekdays between 10:50am and 4:30pm.

The suspect is described as a black man, aged between 16 and 25, tall, thin, with dark hair.

Detective Sergeant Matt Loftus, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are working hard to identify the suspect in this case and are appealing for anyone who might have seen or heard anything to speak to us, however insignificant they think the information may be.

“We would advise park users to be vigilant and will be providing additional patrols in the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference CAD 5140/20JUN19.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The list of offences police are treating as linked:

03/05/2019 (Fri) – 1630 hrs – Sexual Assault, no theft
14/05/2019 (Tue) – 1315 hrs – Sexual Assault, no theft
15/05/2019 (Wed) – 1050 hrs – Att. theft from person (of phone, no sexual assault)
20/06/2019 (Thur) – 1505 hrs – Sexual Assault and Robbery (of phone)
20/06/2019 (Thur) – 1520 hrs – Sexual Assault and Robbery (of phone)
21/06/2019 (Fri) – 1500 hrs – Theft from person (of phone, no sexual assault)

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