Victim in appeal for witnesses after cyclist attacks women near Narborough Road, Leicester
A victim has urged witnesses to come forward as officers investigate eight offences where women have been indecently touched by a cyclist.
The incidents place between December 27, 2012 and January 28, 2013 and happened in Upperton Road, Braunstone Gate, Imperial Avenue, Western Road, Great Central Way, St Nicholas Circle, Wilberforce Road and Aylestone Road.
In each incident the victim has been inappropriately touched in the chest area by a passing cyclist.
Detectives investigating four incidents appealed for witnesses to come forward on January 23.
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They were then alerted to four more incidents and hope this fresh re-appeal and release of cctv footage will help them with their inquiries.
One of the victims, aged 34, said: “When the incident happened I was shocked and embarrassed. I felt violated and intimidated, especially as when my attacker was riding off he was looking back at me.
“At first I was afraid to go to the police, but with the encouragement of my partner I reported it. I was shocked to hear that others had been molested on the same day and was pleased I had the courage to report it.
“I hope that by releasing the CCTV image my attacker will be caught and brought to justice as I currently don't feel safe walking around my local neighbourhood knowing he could be about to pounce again. I am scared every time I see a cyclist in a hoodie.”
The suspect has been described as being white or very light skinned complexion, with a cute or baby face, aged between 16 and 19-years-old and of slim build. He was riding a white mountain bike.
During the incidents it is believed that the suspect wore a brown Superdry jacket or yellow hooded top with the hood pulled up over his head or a grey hooded top and orange ‘beanie’ style hat.
The incidents have occurred between 11.15am and 7.30pm. Police said he will sometimes commit two or three offences on the same day.
Detective Constable Andy Spence, the investigating officer, said: “Since our last appeal we have had a further four victims come forward, one of which has said that without our appeal she wouldn’t have made contact with us. We hope that any other victims and any witnesses will see this second appeal and take the same approach.
“It is extremely rare to have incidences like this in the Narborough Road area, and local officers have been out, day and night, reassuring members of the public and also looking for any clue which will lead them to the suspect.
“So far our inquiries have been focused in and around Narborough Road. We have carefully assessed each incident, looking for links between when and where they have happened, and we have worked closely with all the victims to track the suspect’s movements, we have released a map of where the incidents have occurred and hope this will help trace witnesses.
“Through our inquiries we have managed to trace one of the incidents on CCTV and have released footage of the suspect on his bike in the hope that someone will recognise him.
“If you think you might know this person, if you think you know who is responsible or you have any information that might help us, and the victims, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
The arrows on the map represents the direction the suspect rode off in following the incident:-
A & B – Thursday December 27, 2012 at 5.25pm & 5.30pm - Imperial Avenue and Upperton Road
C – Tuesday January 8 at 5.15pm – Aylestone Road
D – Sunday January 20 at 7.30pm – Upperton Road
E & F – Monday January 21 at 11.15am and 4.30pm – Braunstone Gate and Upperton Road
G & H – Monday January 28 at 11.45am and 12pm – New Park Street and St Nicholas Circle