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27 June 2014, 06:14 | Updated: 27 June 2014, 06:16
Cleveland Police have released details about a man they want to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman as she walked to work in North Ormesby.
Members of the public are being told not to approach 26-year-old Cezar Florea, who is of Romanian origin, has links to the Stockton, Middlesbrough and London areas.
They're advising people to call 999 if they see him.
They think he may have tried to change his appearance by growing a beard or moustache.
It's in connection with an attempted rape as a 51-year-old woman was walking to work at around 6am on Saturday 7th June on the A66 North Ormesby flyover near Lytton Street.
The victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken shoulder and broken nose and underwent hospital treatment.
Anyone who may have information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
UPDATED 16TH JUNE 2014
Police have received a number of calls following the release of a photo of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 52 year old woman the previous Saturday (7th June).
Now, new CCTV footage of the alleged suspect's been released (below):
The information has led to a number of lines of enquiry and a dedicated team is following up these leads.
Det Sgt Jon Hagen of the Major Crime Team once again appealed for anyone who saw the man in Middlesbrough town centre, especially the Linthorpe and Borough Roads area, from around 4am up to 6am to come forward:
“It may be that people have been out socialising or travelling to or from work and they have seen this man in the town centre or hanging around between there and the North Ormesby flyover.
“If you believe you have seen this man please contact Cleveland Police on the non emergency number 101.”
The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Updated Wednesday 11th June 2014
A 29-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted rape following an incident in North Ormesby at the weekend has been bailed pending further enquiries.
He was arrested in the West Yorkshire area yesterday morning.
The victim remains in hospital in a comfortable condition.
Updated Tuesday 10th June 2014
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted rape following an incident in North Ormesby at the weekend
Officers from Cleveland Police arrested the 29 year old in the West Yorkshire area at around 9am this morning and he faces questioning in due course.
The victim, a 52 year old woman, remains in hospital in a comfortable condition.
UPDATED 9th June 2014, 12:45pm
Police patrols have been stepped up around North Ormesby following a serious sexual assult on a woman.
Detectives say they are encouraged by calls coming in from the public following their appeal for information on a serious sexual assault at the weekend.
A 52 year old woman walking to work at around 6am on Saturday 7th June suffered serious injuries, including a broken shoulder and broken nose, during the incident which occurred on the A66 North Ormesby flyover near Lytton Street.
She remains in James Cook University Hospital following surgery to her shoulder and officers will visit her again today.
The enquiry team has received around a dozen calls since the initial appeal and they say several positive lines of enquiry have come out of these calls.
Heart's Anna Harding's been speaking to Detective Sergeant Jon Hagan, who's given us this update:
'Shocked and upset'
Det Insp Mark Dimelow said.
"We are hugely encouraged by some of the information which has come in from the public. The community has understandably been shocked and upset by what happened to a woman who was simply walking to work and we are grateful for their support.
Again, I would ask that anyone who has not yet come forward with information, to get in touch. People driving along the A66 or perhaps out early walking their dogs may have seen this man in the area before the attack or indeed, fleeing the scene and running towards North Ormesby just after 6am.
Please contact Cleveland Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
UPDATED: Sunday 8th June 2014
A woman is in hospital with serious facial injuries and a broken arm after a sexual assault in Middlesbrough.
The woman was walking along Borough Road on the North Ormesby Fly-Over above Lytton Street, when she was pushed to the ground, punched and sexually assaulted.
A male member of the public came to help her, chasing the suspect who ran off towards North Ormesby.
The suspect is described as a man with creamy coloured skin, 20-30 years old, 6ft tall, of slim build, with mousy coloured hair. He was wearing a white hoodie and light blue jeans.
Police know several vehicles passed the scene and are appealing for anyone who may have seen the suspect running off to contact them.
Detective Inspector Mark Dimelow said:
“This was a particularly vicious attack on a vulnerable woman who was simply walking to work.
I would like to reassure the public that this kind of incident is extremely rare and that we are dedicated to identifying and arresting the offender.”
Contact Cleveland Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.