Another Cambridge Indecent Assault

1 June 2011, 09:26 | Updated: 1 June 2011, 16:30

Detectives investigating a number of indecent assaults in Cambridge are linking another attack to the series.

The latest attack happened at around 3am on Saturday morning as the woman in her 20s was walking home in Boltolph Lane.

A man on a bike rode up to the woman and grabbed her before she fought him off and he cycled away.

The man is described as slim and wearing a grey hooded top [Police E-Fit - pictured - above right].

The incident brings the total number of similar assaults in Cambridge to nine since last August.

Detective Sergeant Phil Priestley said: "This latest incident is extremely similar to the other attacks in this series and we have reasonable grounds to believe that they have all been committed by the same man.

It is reasonable to suspect that someone out there knows who he is and I would urge them to do the right thing and get in touch. This person may have boasted to friends, or made mention of his unusual activities.

He appears to have good local knowledge and is travelling to and from the offence locations on a bike. It is likely other people may have seen him during the morning of this latest incident.

We have increased patrols in the areas where offences have been committed and would urge women to take the usual sensible precautions of not walking at night and early in the morning alone."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0345 456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The attacks have caused concern among Cambridge's student community.

A University of Cambridge spokesman said: "The Colleges and University take student safety and welfare very seriously indeed.

Every College briefs new students on the importance of safety awareness and provides detailed advice and key contacts online.

As for specific incidents, it is up to individual Colleges how they respond.

In many cases, Senior Tutors or College Porters will communicate directly with students and staff, and warnings are placed on College noticeboards where appropriate.

Students can also approach a number of college representatives for more detailed advice should they need it."