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18 August 2011, 15:32
Detectives investigating three linked indecent assaults in Leicester are following a number of new leads after members of the public responded to their appeal.
Last Wednesday (August 10) officers issued a re-appeal for information following a seven month investigation into the indecencies. The re-appeal included a package of evidence for the public, containing CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to, a map of his route through Leicester and a new Eigen fit of the offender.
Just over seven months ago, between 7am and 9am on Saturday January 8 2011, three women were indecently assaulted by, what police believe to be, the same man in three different parts of Leicester.
Detective Sergeant Nigel Baraclough, an officer from the investigating team, said: “We have had a great response from the public so far and we are now looking into a number of enquiries. I would like to thank those people who have called and would like again to encourage others to come forward.
“We have been working with the victims throughout the investigation to get as much information as possible about the offender and to create a new Eigen fit. We have also spoken to some extremely helpful witnesses and have carried out extensive CCTV enquiries, which have helped us to identify a potential suspect and create the map of his route.
“I would ask all members of the public to look at the footage and images we have provided, even if they have looked at them before. All we need is that one piece of information to lead us straight to the offender so please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have held back before or if you are unsure about getting in touch then now is the time, it isn’t too late, you can help.
The potential suspect was in plenty of places that morning so there is a number of times and places where members of the public could have spotted him. I would ask people too look at the route map and the images and think about that morning. It was also raining so the man would have been wearing wet clothes, which could be a key factor for family and friends to identify him.
“I would finally like to appeal directly to the man in the CCTV. At the minute he is being treated as a potential suspect but we would like to speak to him so we can eliminate him from our enquiries. I would like to urge the man from the CCTV or anyone who knows him then please call us.”
Timeline of attacks on Saturday January 8th 2011
7.32am: Rutland Street when the 25-year-old victim was approached from behind and a man picked her up by placing his arms between her legs and over her neck.
7.50am: St Nicholas Circle when a man indecently exposed himself to the 74-year-old victim. Shortly after he indecently assaulted her. The man ran away when he was disturbed by a passing cyclist.
8.40am: A 56-year-old victim was approached from behind by a man and assaulted. This caused her to fall to the ground where the man indecently exposed himself and sexually assaulted her. A woman in a nearby house spotted the incident and shouted out to the man, causing him to run away from the scene.
The victims describe the offender as white, over 6ft tall, of slim build, in his early to mid-twenties with medium to dark brown, short hair. He spoke with a broken English accent and his eyes appeared small and beady looking. He was wearing a dark hooded top, a white T-shirt, dark jeans, white underwear and was possibly wearing a belt.
DS Baraclough continued "This man was around in the city for a reason. He may have just left your home, left his own home, been on his way home or had perhaps just left work. If you know the man in the CCTV, Eigan fit or from the description then please get in touch, however trivial it may seem. The information you have could be the final piece in the jigsaw and could lead us straight to the man responsible, so please don't hesitate to get in touch."
Police will be in Leicester today, Wednesday August 10, issuing posters, leaflets and also Bluetooth message appeals. A Facebook page has also been set up to aid the appeal along with a YouTube video and updates on the forces Twitter page.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, and then extension 3265. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
* Please note, some mobile phone service provider's may charge for this call.