South London police hunting man who sexually touched children before running away

The offences took place over a period of four months

Officers are hunting this man (Met Police handout)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Police in Greenwich and Lewisham are investigating a series of sexual offences committed against nine victims, seven of them children, in south-east London.

The victims - three girls aged 11, four girls aged 13 and two women aged 25 and 27 - were attacked between Friday June 30 and Monday October 16. In all cases, the attacker has approached the victim and sexually touched them before running from the scene on foot.

The incidents all took place in Greenwich, Woolwich and surrounding areas and police say they are working on the possibility that a single attacker is responsibe for all nine offences.

Superintendent Lee Hill of Greenwich Police said: “These incidents were very frightening for the victims. I am appealing to the public to help identify and locate this man as quickly as possible.

“Although none of the victims have suffered physical injury, the effects of becoming a victim of sexual assault can be lasting and traumatic.

“There is a possibility that these incidents are part of a linked series of attacks as a number of victims have provided very similar descriptions of the attacker - a white man aged between 40-50-years-old, with short white or blonde hair. This is one line of enquiry detectives are exploring.

“I am concerned that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward and are not receiving the support that they may need. I would urge any victims who have not yet come forward to contact police.

“While efforts to trace the person or people behind these attacks progresses, police patrols in the area have been increased and officers are working with local schools to advise and reassure pupils and parents.”

Detectives have released CCTV images of a man leaving the scene of the Honor Oak Road incident [above] and appeal to the public to help identify him.

Anyone who has information that could assist this investigation is urged to call Greenwich CID by dialing 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.