Leicester

Three Leicester sexual assaults on same morning linked

Efit and CCTV still of suspect
Image caption Police said the suspect passed through a number of busy areas between the attacks

Three indecent assaults in Leicester on the same morning are being linked, police have revealed.

An appeal about an attack on a woman walking in The Rally, near to Tudor Road, on 8 January brought forward two victims of similar incidents.

All three happened between 07:30 and 08:40 GMT in separate locations.

Officers have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to, as well as a new e-fit and an appeal for key witnesses to come forward.

The first attack happened in Rutland Street when the 25-year-old victim was attacked.

The second took place at about 07:50 BST at St Nicholas Circle when a man exposed himself to the 74-year-old victim who was then indecently assaulted.

'Key factor'

The offender ran away when he was disturbed by a passing cyclist.

The third assault saw a woman in her 50s pushed to the ground on a footpath in The Rally and then subjected to a sexual assault.

Det Sgt Nigel Baraclough said the suspect walked through busy areas including the Market Place.

He said: "I would like to urge those potential witnesses to come forward. It was also raining that morning so the man would have been wearing wet clothes, which could be a key factor for family and friends to identify him.

"We also know that during one of the incidents, on St Nicholas Circle, the offender was scared off by a cyclist. We would also like to appeal for that cyclist to call us."

The victims described the offender as white, over 6ft (1.83m) tall, of slim build, in his early to mid-20s 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 and white underwear.

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