Derby rapist on loose since 2014 linked to four attacks

E-fit and drawing of rape suspect Image copyright Derbyshire Police
Image caption An e-fit and an artist's impression of the man police are looking for responsible for the four sex attacks

A sex attacker who has been on the loose for more than two years has been linked to four attacks in Derby.

Three women were seriously assaulted in Spondon - the first in September 2014 - and another raped in Darley Abbey.

Detectives believe the attacker is connected to the local area and they are "working extremely hard" to catch him, Derbyshire Police said.

Supt Tracy Harrison said the four attacks have had a "life-changing impact" on the victims.

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The attacks

  • On 27 September 2014, a teenaged girl was sexually assaulted on a footpath between West Park Road and Acorn Way, Spondon, Derby, at about 20:50 BST
  • On 7 September 2015, a woman was raped near the nature reserve at Darley Park, Derby, at about 17:40 BST. The attack was later featured on Crimewatch
  • On 22 December 2015, at about 18:40 GMT a woman was sexually assaulted on the same footpath in Spondon
  • On 16 February 2017, a woman was sexually assaulted in Stoney Lane, Spondon at 11:00 GMT

The woman who was attacked in December 2015 described how she fought off the sex attacker.

Sarah, whose identity is being protected, said: "He kept punching me in the head and telling me to shut up.

"Then he was trying to undo my trousers and he was holding my throat. I felt like I couldn't get out the way. It was horrible.

"My friend could hear me screaming, so she rang the police."

The suspect

Image copyright Derbyshire Police
  • White, 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall
  • Aged between late teens and 40
  • Medium or stocky build with round, chubby face
  • Wearing black hooded top, black or dark grey tracksuit bottoms and dark grey or black trainers
  • In the February attack, he wore a dark, shiny zip-up jacket
  • During the Darley Abbey rape he had a can of Monster energy drink and a dark drawstring bag
Image caption Leaflets have been handed out with his description and safety advice

Supt Harrison said the force had received "new lines of inquiry" after a dedicated phone number was set up to try to find the person responsible for the attacks.

"I want to thank everyone who has been in touch with us so far," she said.

"The calls and emails that have come in today have provided us with new lines of inquiry and we will be looking into them all."

Extra officers have been drafted in to patrol the areas where the attacks took place.

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