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Derby detectives issue description of man they wish to speak to about city centre assaults

Posted on 9th January 2017

We are releasing a description of a man who we would like to speak to following allegations that women have been touched inappropriately by a man in the Cathedral Quarter of Derby city centre. 

As we reported on Friday, January 6 there have been a number of assaults on women, walking alone, since December 21 last year.  These incidents have now grown in frequency over the past week. One of the recent assaults happened on Thursday, January 5 and then a further six on Friday, January 6. 

All of the incidents involved the offender touching the women inappropriately, over their clothing, before running off. 

The incidents have happened at various times throughout the day and our detectives are considering whether the attacks are linked or not. 

Detectives are keen to speak to a man in connection with one of the incidents that happened on St Mary’s Gate at about 6pm on Thursday, January 5. 

He is described as slim, around 5’ 9” tall, believed to be in his early twenties and was wearing glasses. 

Detective Inspector Richard Burton, who is leading the investigation, said “We are very concerned about this series of reported incidents and as such are keen to speak the man. 

“If you work, live or visit this area of the city please make contact with me if you know anything about these assaults or recognise the description.

“I would also ask that you,  particularly if you are alone, be vigilant whilst walking through the city centre and to report any incidents, no matter how minor, to us.” 

To speak to our detectives call them on 101, quoting reference 16000428330. 

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