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UPDATE: Arrest made following series of sexual assaults in Croydon

News   •   Jul 01, 2019 20:57 BST

Detectives investigating a series of sexual assaults and robberies in South Norwood County Park have made an arrest.

A man (we are not releasing his age at present) was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and robbery on the afternoon of Monday, 1 July and remains in custody.

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Officers are investigating six separate attacks on women which are believed to have taken place in the park between Friday, 3 May and Friday, 21 June.

Each of the victims – aged from their early 30s to mid 60s, were walking or jogging alone, five of them with dogs.

All the offences occurred in daylight and on weekdays between 10:50hrs and 16:30hrs.

Four of the victims were sexually assaulted. In four cases the suspect either stole or attempted to steal mobile phones from the victims.

None of the victims suffered any further injuries.

At this stage, officers are treating the offences as linked.

Police have advised park users to be vigilant. Additional patrols have been carried out in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference CAD 5140/20JUN19 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

List of offences:

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)