Attacks on woman in St George: CCTV released in police appeal

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By matt_2009 | Thursday, December 06, 2012, 10:03

Detectives investigating three assaults that have taken place between May and December this year, on women in St George in Bristol, have issued CCTV of a man they'd like to speak to.

(Click on the following two links: http://youtu.be/OCoQYQONQWg and http://youtu.be/nA1FNT_x8Qk)  

It follows and incident on Furber Road in St George, in which a 24-year-old woman was assaulted at about 9.30pm on Wednesday, November 28.

The woman parked her car on Furber Road and was walking towards Bryant's Hill. As she approached the junction, a man attacked her from behind. He was disturbed when a car turned into the street and he ran off, up Furber Road. The victim sustained no serious assault, but is now being supported by specialist officers.

In May of this year two similar offences took place on the fringes of St George.

On May 11, a 16-year-old was attacked while walking with a friend though the alleyway by a man with a Bristolian accent wearing a black balaclava. He was pushed away and the girl escaped.

Two weeks later another 16-year-old was sexually assaulted as she walked home, by a man wearing sunglasses and a beanie hat.

Last night (Wednesday December 5) around 12 officers joined Detective Inspector Mike Buck, from Operation Bluestone, to gather more information a week on from the latest attack.

DI Mike Buck said: "A lot of people in the area have expressed concern about these incidents so the purpose of this operation is to reassure residents and gather as much information as possible, about anyone who has been seen to be acting suspiciously in the area.

"We are interested in talking to anybody who may have any information, no matter how insignificant they think it may be. We would particularly like talk to two boys who were recorded on CCTV close to the scene of the latest attack, moments before the suspect passed the same spot, to see if they have information that could help the investigation.

"We are committed to finding the man who committed these crimes and we will bring him to justice."

"DI Buck added: "Residents of course will have concerns and we are doing as much as we can to make the feel safer, with high visibility patrols and community contact vehicles. I would urge everyone to follow the usual safety advice and call us on 999 should you see anyone acting suspiciously."

Officers are keen to speak to a man who is described as white, around 6 foot tall, with dark hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark jumper, jeans and gloves. He was wearing a dark beanie hat and had a scarf covering his face.

If you have any information that could help please call Operation Bluestone on 101 or contact the website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.

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    Update: 7/12 - Police say they have had a "really good response" following an appeal for information.

    Detective Sergeant Steve Cartlidge said the team was pursuing "encouraging" lines of enquiry after they spent the evening in Furber Road – the location of the latest attack – on Wednesday night.

    By matt_2009 at 10:03 on 07/12/12

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