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Image appeal after sexual assaults in south east London

News   •   Oct 18, 2017 06:00 BST

[CCTV still issued in appeal following sexual assaults]

Police in Greenwich and Lewisham are investigating a series of sexual offences committed against nine victims, seven of them children, in south-east London.

The victims are three girls aged 11, four girls aged 13 and two women aged 25 and 27.

The offences took place:

- At 08:20hrs on Friday, 30 June in Ravens Way, SE12 [victim aged 13];

- At around 13:14hrs on Tuesday, 29 August in Edward Tyler Road, SE12 [victim aged 11];

- At 08:20hrs on Wednesday, 27 September in Vicars Hill, SE13 [victim aged 13];

- At 16:30hrs on Thursday, 28 September in Frank Burton Close, SE7 [victim aged 13];

- At around 08:15hrs on Thursday, 28 September in Alanthus Close, SE12 [victim aged 11];

- At 09:20hrs on Thursday, 5 October in Kidbrooke Park Road, SE3 [victim aged 13];

- At 09:30hrs on Thursday, 5 October in Kidbrooke Park Road SE3 [victim aged 27];

- At around 09:54hrs on Thursday 5 October in Liskeard Gardens, SE3 [victim aged 25]; and

- At 16:00hrs on Monday, 16 October in Honor Oak Road, SE23 [victim aged 11].

Detectives have released CCTV images of a man leaving the scene of the incident at Liskeard Gardens at 0954hrs on 5 October and appeal to the public to help identify him.

In all cases, the attacker has approached the victim and sexually touched them before running from the scene on foot.

Superintendent Lee Hill of Greenwich Police said: “These incidents were very frightening for the victims. I am appealing to the public to help identify and locate this man as quickly as possible.

“Although none of the victims have suffered physical injury, the effects of becoming a victim of sexual assault can be lasting and traumatic.

“There is a possibility that these incidents are part of a linked series of attacks as a number of victims have provided very similar descriptions of the attacker - a white man aged between 40-50-years-old, with short white or blonde hair. This is one line of enquiry detectives are exploring.

“I am concerned that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward and are not receiving the support that they may need. I would urge any victims who have not yet come forward to contact police.

“While efforts to trace the person or people behind these attacks progresses, police patrols in the area have been increased and officers are working with local schools to advise and reassure pupils and parents.”

Anyone who has information that could assist this investigation should call Greenwich CID by dialing 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.