Ipswich: Police Link Sexual Assaults

20 May 2014, 12:14 | Updated: 20 May 2014, 12:21

Police in Ipswich say they're linking three separate sexual assaults where a man has been putting his hands up women's skirts.

The latest happened yesterday, Monday 19 May, at approximately 2pm in Crown Street, opposite Crown House. 

The male offender has approached a 17-year-old woman and placed one of his hands up her skirt, touching her legs.  He then said 'sorry' and ran off towards the nearby bus station.

The offender is described as a white man with a tanned complexion, aged 30 to 40-years-old, approximately 5'7" tall, of a medium build, had short light brown coloured hair and was wearing a tight white vest top with dark coloured knee-length shorts.

Police are linking this incident to similar ones that happened on Wednesday 23 April around 1.50pm near to the entrance of Wolsey Theatre and inside Dorothy Perkins on Thursday 24 April at around 1.35pm.

Detective Inspector Barry Byford of Ipswich Criminal Investigation Department said: "We are taking these incidents very seriously and are putting in every effort to try and identify, arrest and deal with the offender or offenders involved. 

"We are also appealing for members of the public to help us by making us aware of any information relating to these incidents by calling 101.  For example did you see someone similar to the male described on the days in the same area hanging about suspiciously or did you witness any of the incidents?"  

Anyone with any information in relation any of the above incidents is asked to contact Ipswich CID on 101, quoting crime reference IC/14/1945 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.