Police warn public to be vigilant over linked assaults

Extra patrols have been put on by police in west London after two women were attacked within 10 days of each other.

Police said the first assault in Hounslow took place shortly before midnight on 7 August in Hanworth Road, near St Stephens Road.

A 19-year-old was approached from behind, grabbed by an attacker and cut across her neck. The second assault happened on Friday in Whitton Road.

Police are linking the attacks.

In the second attack a 26-year-old was approached from behind and cut across her face with a bladed item at about 01:30 BST near the junction with Murray Avenue.

'Be vigilant'

A Scotland Yard spokesman said extra officers had been patrolling the area and would continue to do so this weekend.

He added: "Both women suffered cuts which required hospital treatment. Due to the similar nature of the attacks, officers are linking them at this time."

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black or mixed-race male, aged between 18 and 25, and 5ft 6in to 11in tall.

Borough Commander for Hounslow Carl Bussey said: "I would ask people to be vigilant and aware of their environment, particularly when walking late at night.

"These sorts of crimes are thankfully rare in Hounslow, but I would like to reassure people that my officers are working tirelessly to catch whoever is responsible.

"Extra officers will be on patrol in the area while this investigation continues."

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