Police continue hunt for serial sex fiend

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Detectives are following a number of lines of enquiry in their search for a serial sex attacker who has assaulted six women in Wellingborough.

The investigation has been ongoing since it was discovered that one man had been trawling the town’s streets looking for victims.

The offender has preyed on women of all ages at various locations across the town. Officers are working with Northamptonshire Police analysts in the hunt for the offender.

The specialist analysts have been asked to identify any patterns of offending by the attacker, who is described as a white man aged between about 17 and 30.

All of the victims were walking on their own when they were followed by the offender, who covers his face with a scarf, who then exposes himself before indecently assaulting the victims.

A police spokesman said: “We are following a number of lines of enquiry from local intelligence.

“The investigation is progressing and our team of officers is continuing to speak to victims and witnesses to build a detailed description of the offender.

“Patrols are continuing throughout the night and we are following up all intelligence received.

“Force analysts are also working on identifying patterns of offending.We would continue to appeal to the public to contact us on 101 and mention Operation Breach if they have any information which may help the investigation.”

The incidents have all taken place between 10pm and 5.30am.

The offender first struck in Gisburne Road on January 2.

He then committed an offence in Herriotts Lane on January 21 and again in London Road a week later on January 28.

The attacker struck in Cannon Street two days later and in Elsden Road on February 12.

The last reported incident took place in Irthlingborough Road on February 17.

Officers still believe there may be more victims.

Police patrols have been stepped up in a bid to catch the culprit, and women have been urged to be on their guard and avoid walking alone late at night or in the early hours.

Concerned members of the public have been asked by the police to seek personal safety advice from Wellingborough police station front desk.

Employers have also urged their staff to be vigilant while the attacker is at large.

Sainsbury’s store manager Simon Ainger said: “We have a police community support officer come to our store once a month, and our colleagues are always encouraged to talk to them if they have any concerns.”

Door staff at Wellingborough’s town centre night spots have been asked to look out for anything suspicious, as some of the victims have been women who were walking home after nights out.

Adrienne Johns, duty manager of The Cutting Rooms, added: “Our door staff are always careful when girls leave the bar at night.”

Anyone with information can call 101, or 999 in an emergency. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.