Po­lice TV ap­peal for help with catch­ing sex at­tacker

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk The hunt for a “fat” pervert who as­saulted two women has widened, with an ap­peal on the BBC’s Crime­watch pro­gramme.

Al­most ex­actly one year ago, we re­ported how the sus­pect – dis­tinc­tive be­cause of his chubby face and base­ball hat – had at­tacked a 17-yearold girl.

Pounced

The teenager was walk­ing to school near the Mil­len­nium Com­mu­nity Wood in Sin­gle­ton, Ash­ford, on June 29, 2012, when the man pounced on her.

Then, a 40-year-old woman was sex­u­ally mo­lested while she was walk­ing her dog near Brit­tan­nia Lane in Knights Park, on Septem­ber 6, 2012.

Since then, DNA ev­i­dence has con­firmed that the same of­fender car­ried out both at­tacks, al­though Kent Po­lice are not cur­rently link­ing him to any other in­ci­dents.

Now de­tec­tives have ap­pealed for the help of Crime­watch view­ers to catch the of­fender.

Det Sgt Matt Banks ap­peared on the pro­gramme last Thurs­day, urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the two sex­ual as­saults to come for­ward.

He said: “As a re­sult of the Crime­watch ap­peal, we are fol­low­ing up on a num­ber of lines of in­quiry, re­sult­ing from in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the pub­lic.

“There are sim­i­lar­i­ties in the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pects. It is re­ported the man is white and lightly tanned, of fat build, about 5ft 10in tall, and was wear­ing a base­ball cap.

“We be­lieve some­one in the com­mu­nity might have in­for­ma­tion that can help with our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and I’d still en­cour­age you to con­tact us if that is the case.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about ei­ther at­tack is asked to call the po­lice on 01303 289600 or call Kent Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 111 555.

DS Matt Banks, ap­peared on Crime­watch high­light­ing and link­ing the two sex­ual as­sault cases in Ash­ford

The e-fit of the man who sex­u­ally as­saulted a teenage girl, and right the e-fit of the man who sex­u­ally as­saulted a 40-year-old woman, both in Ash­ford

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