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23 October 2014, 06:26
Police are investigating two separate sexual assaults in Portsmouth within a few minutes, which they think may be linked.
The first one happened in Melbourne Place off Middle Street some time between 11 and 11.30pm on Saturday (18 October). A 19-year-old woman was having a cigarette when a man came up to her and sexually assaulted her over her clothes before running off.
The second happened nearby in Lord Montgomery Way at around 11.35pm. A 20-year-old woman was approached by a man who pulled at her clothing and sexually assaulted her. The woman got away and raised the alarm.
The man is described as white, bald and slim. He was aged somewhere between 30 and 50. One victim said the man was wearing a v-neck woollen jumper with a bird logo on it the other said the man wore a black hoody.
Both victims were left shocked by what happened.
Detective Constable Andrew Larder is investigating the crimes. He said:
“I’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man in the area at the time that matches the description or if anyone knows who he may be. We are keen to find the person responsible.
“We believe the two incidents may be linked and officers are carrying out regular patrols in the area.”
“I’d like to remind people to look after their personal safety when out at night and to make sure they are aware of what is going on around them. Try to keep to busy, well lit areas where possible”
Those with information can call DC Larder at Fratton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.