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Appeal over sexual assaults on women and children in London

CCTV still of man being hunted over a string of sexual assaults Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The man is described as white aged between 40 to 50 years old, with short white or blonde hair

Police are hunting a sex attacker who targeted seven children and two women in the last three months.

The women, aged 27 and 25, and children aged between 11 and 13, were approached in the Greenwich and Lewisham areas of London.

The suspect attacked all nine of his victims in broad daylight, police said.

Three of the attacks took place in the same half-an-hour period on 5 October, while the rest occured between 30 June and 16 October.

CCTV of the latest incident - in Honor Oak Road on Monday - has been released in a bid to help identify the man.

He is described as a white, aged between 40 and 50, with short white or blond hair.

Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The suspect attacked all nine of his victims in broad daylight before fleeing on foot

Supt Lee Hill said: "These incidents were very frightening for the victims. I am appealing to the public to help identify and locate this man as quickly as possible.

"Although none of the victims have suffered physical injury, the effects of becoming a victim of sexual assault can be lasting and traumatic."

Scotland Yard said patrols in the areas have increased and officers are speaking to local schools to reassure pupils and parents.

"I am concerned that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward and are not receiving the support that they may need. I would urge any victims who have not yet come forward to contact police," Supt Hill said.

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