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​Detectives are appealing for information following a series of sexual assaults in the Havering area

News   •   Jul 15, 2019 14:53 BST

Detectives are appealing for information following a series of sexual assaults in the Havering area.


The seven offences occurred between Sunday, 9 June and Tuesday, 2 July between 21:00hrs and midnight. All took place within the Harold Wood area, within half a mile of Harold Wood Station.

The suspect is described as a white man aged between 16-20-years-old.

A number of victims have also been followed from Harold Wood train station.

Detectives are continuing work to establish whether all of these offences are linked.

The details of the incidents are as follows:

Sunday, 9 June at 23:25hrs. A woman was approached by a male on a pedal cycle at The Drive, Harold Wood, the male exposed himself to the victim and stopped and stared at her as she walked away.

Tuesday, 11 June at 21:30hrs. A male suspect on a pedal cycle rode past a lone female victim at Sackville Crescent, Harold Wood, and assaulted her over her clothing.

Tuesday, 11 June at 21:50hrs. A male suspect on a pedal cycle rode past a lone female victim at The Ridgeway, Harold Wood, and assaulted her over her clothing. He then smirked at the victim and rode away in the direction of Gubbins Lane.

A number of victims have been followed from Harold Wood train station.

Detectives are continuing work to establish whether all of these offences are linked.

The chronology of the incidents are as follows:

Sunday, 9 June at 23:25hrs: A woman was approached by a male on a pedal cycle at The Drive, Harold Wood, the male exposed himself to the victim and stopped and stared at her as she walked away.

Tuesday, 11 June at 21:30hrs: A male suspect on a pedal cycle rode past a lone female victim at Sackville Crescent, Harold Wood, and assaulted her over her clothing.

Tuesday, 11 June at 21:50hrs: A male suspect on a pedal cycle rode past a lone female victim at The Ridgeway, Harold Wood, and assaulted her over her clothing. He then smirked at the victim and rode away in the direction of Gubbins Lane.

Tuesday, 25 June at 21:50hrs: A lone female was followed by a male suspect on foot. The suspect assaulted the victim over her clothing before walking off in the direction of Sackville Crescent.

Thursday, 27 June at 00:05hrs: A lone female was been about to board a bus outside Harold Wood train station when the suspect assaulted her, over her clothing, by grabbing her from behind, before walking off.

Sunday, 30 June at 21:35hrs: A lone female was assaulted at Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood by a male suspect, who then watched her and appeared to be masturbating inside his trousers.

Tuesday, 2 July at 22:45hrs: A lone female was assaulted over her clothes by a male suspect at Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood. The suspect then walked alongside her before running off in the direction of Ridgeway.

Detective Inspector Edward Wilkinson said: “These incidents are clearly concerning and we are conducting numerous enquiries to trace the offender/s.

“Part of this is appealing to the public; there will have been people travelling home from the station at the times of the incidents and I want people to think carefully if they saw any suspicious behaviour at those times.

“I am specifically interested in speaking to the man who stopped to help the victim on Tuesday, 11 June on Sackville Crescent, you could really assist the investigation.

“At this stage we are keeping an open mind but there is a possibility these assaults could be committed by the same person.

“We have officers working to provide support to the victims who have, understandably, been left extremely shaken.”

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference: CAD 8441/ 1 June.

++ An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigations on 9 July. He has since been released on bail to a date in late August pending further enquiries.

Personal safety advice:

Be prepared and plan your route in advance.
Be aware of your surroundings and do not be distracted by mobile phones or listening to music.
Avoid walking alone where possible and stick to well-lit, busy routes with lots of people.
Keep all valuables hidden and out of sight.
Consider carrying a personal attack alarm.