Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Detectives warn people to be vigilant after a number of women are grabbed and attacked in west London.
11:18, UK,Tuesday 12 April 2016
Police are seeking to identify this man in connection with sexual assaults
Police investigating four assaults where women have been grabbed in west London believe they may be linked and have released an image of a man they want to track down.
The CCTV image was recorded following an attack on a 24-year-old woman on 9 March.
Police said the victim was walking from East Acton tube station between 10.30pm and 10.40pm, when she was approached by a man from behind who grabbed and assaulted her before running off.
The suspect is described as being white or Asian, between 20 and 32, 6ft and slim with dark hair.
He was wearing a dark parka-type coat with a fur-trimmed hood, and shoes with a light-coloured sole.
Officers are looking at the possibility it may be linked to three others in the Acton area.
On 3 January an 18-year-old woman was walking along St Andrew's road listening to music on her headphones when she was grabbed from behind by someone who then reached around to her chest.
The victim struggled and the suspect fled.
The second incident was on 4 February when a 38-year-old woman, walking along Trinity Way, was grabbed by someone who made suggestive comments before fleeing.
The third happened on Hoylake Road on 25 March.
A 27-year-old woman was on her phone walking from East Acton station when a man grabbed her and assaulted her before running away.
The incidents were originally being investigated separately, but police now think they may be connected.
Detective Inspector Ash Hornsby appealed for anyone who may recognise the man to get in touch immediately.
He added: "I would also urge anyone who was in any of these locations on the days and times of these offences and who may have seen any assault or anything suspicious to get in touch.
"Equally, if anyone has been the victim of an as yet unreported assault then they are urged to contact police."
Women in the area are being urged to remain vigilant, especially when walking home from tube stations and while using their mobile phones or whilst wearing headphones.