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More than 100 responses to appeal for information about sex attacks in Derby

Posted on 14th March 2017

Officers investigating a series of serious sex attacks in Spondon and Darley Abbey have thanked the public for their “excellent” response to an appeal for information.

Since the appeal was launched yesterday morning, the force has received more than 70 phone calls to a dedicated appeal number and the 101 non-emergency number.Op Tatin - officers at Asda 2

More than 30 emails have been sent to a special appeals inbox.

Superintendent Tracy Harrison said: “The public have been excellent in their response and I’m grateful to everyone who has taken the time to get in touch.

“Please continue to come forward. Any information you have, no matter how small it may seem to you, could be instrumental in helping us to catch the man responsible for these attacks.”

The appeal line and email address were launched in response to a series of assaults. We believe the same man is responsible for the following crimes;Call handler

  • On Saturday, September 27 2014, a teenaged girl was sexually assaulted on a footpath between West Park 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 Park 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.

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.

Anyone with information can call us on 101 or the dedicated helpline 0800 092 0410 or 0207 158 0124. You can also email

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