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New appeal issued in hunt for sex offender

Posted on 13th March 2017

OpTatinWe're appealing for information about a series of serious sex attacks in Spondon and Darley Abbey and are now linking four cases.

We believe the same man is responsible for the following crimes;

  • On Saturday, September 27 2014, a teenaged girl was sexually assaulted on a footpath between West Road and Acorn Way at around 8.50pm
  • On Monday, September 7 2015, a woman was subject to a serious sexual attack within Darley Park at around 5.40pm. This crime occurred in the nature reserve close to South Avenue.
  • On Tuesday, December 22 2015, a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault on the same footpath between West Road and Acorn Way at about 6.40pm.
  • On Thursday, February 16 2017, a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in the area of Stoney Lane, Spondon at 11am.

We are distributing appeal leaflets and offering safety advice to help keep people safe. A dedicated phone line has been established for you to call if you have any information about these crimes.

Superintendent Tracy Harrison said: “We believe the person responsible for these attacks is connected to the local area and we need the public to help us identify him.

“We want people to get in touch if they have seen a man matching the description of our suspect in the area where they live or work.

“We also want people to call us if they have suspicions about someone they know and want to pass this information onto us.”

The man is believed to be aged between late teens and 40 years old and is described as 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall. He is of a medium or stocky build and is said to have a round/chubby face. He has been described as wearing a black hooded top. He also wore black or dark grey tracksuit bottoms and dark grey or black trainers. In the most recent attack he wore a dark coloured, zip up jacket which is described as being a shiny material.

During one of the crimes, he carried a dark drawstring bag and was seen carrying a can of ‘Monster’ energy drink.

We are making people aware of the locations of these attacks and are offering this safety advice:

  • Women and girls are urged not to walk in secluded areas on their own. Consider using an alternative, busier route where there will be other walkers
  • If you have to walk through a secluded area, be aware of your surroundings at all times or try to walk with a friend
  • Don’t walk with earphones in and look ahead at the path you’re using
  • If you are walking and you see a man you think is acting suspiciously, or who makes you feel uncomfortable, leave the areas immediately and call the police.
  • If you feel under threat, call us on 999. If you want to report suspicions about someone, call us on 101 or the dedicated helpline 0800 092 0410 or 0207 158 0124. You can also email appeals@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk

Supt Harrison added: “We are publishing a map of the crime locations and offering this advice so that people can make informed decisions about where they chose to walk and the routes they plan to take.

“I would encourage women to always be aware of their surroundings and avoid walking in secluded areas.

“Anyone with any information is urged to make contact with us. If you have any suspicions about anyone, please be assured that the investigation team can eliminate people from this enquiry quickly if they are not responsible for these crimes.”

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