Cambridge Sexual Assaults

18 August 2010, 16:17 | Updated: 18 August 2010, 16:24

Two women, one a teenager, have been sexually assaulted in Cambridge.

The first attack was in Midsummer Common near the River Cam yesterday at around 7:30pm.

A 15 year old girl was sat on a bench when a man sat next to her, and spoke to her before sexually assaulting her.

The girl then ran off and managed to attract the attention of someone nearby, who then called the Police.

Police believe a couple spoke to the man shortly before the attack, and are keen to speak to them.

The man is described as Asian, in his 40s, 5'6", with stubble, and wore brown rectangular glasses.

He had black curly short hair, greying at the sides, and wore a dark brown t-shirt with two stripes on the right hand side, dark blue jeans and a black, waist-length waterproof jacket.

The second attack was three hours later, at around 10:30pm.

A woman, in her 30s, was cycling along Elizabeth Way bridge.

A man started cycling alongside her and made inappropriate sexual comments before reaching over at attacking her.

He then cycled off towards Newmarket Road, and the victim went to the nearby petrol station to alert police.

Police believe three men were walking along the bridge at around the same time and may have seen the offender, so would like to speak to them.

The man is described as Asian, in his 20s, short and slightly built, with short dark hair.

He wore a black baseball cap with a dark green stripe on the peak, a navy blue coat that was too big for him and looked like a thin waterproof or shell-suit top, smart black trousers and black shoes.

He was riding a ladies mountain bike which had straight handle bars and was too small for him. 

Neither victim was seriously hurt but both were badly shaken.

Detective Inspector Matt Potts, from Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, said: "These assaults happened relatively close to one another and three hours apart, but there are discrepancies between the descriptions so we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.

I am appealing for anyone who was in either area at the time to consider whether they saw anything significant and I am particularly keen to speak to those people mentioned.

I would also urge people to contact police if they think they recognise the men described."

Anyone with information is asked to contact DI Potts on 0345 456 456 4, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.