Police Link Series of Sexual Assaults in Chiswick

Three women attacked in W4 in last fortnight


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Police believe that three sexual assaults on women in Chiswick in the past two weeks have been carried out by the same man.

A police appeal was issued on Friday (28th November) asking the public for information to help find the man who is believed to bes responsible for three indecent assaults reported by women in and around the Chiswick area, two of them last Monday.

The first attack was reported in Dukes Avenue nearly two weeks ago, but police believe the attacker has struck again twice. Two attacks were reported last Monday, one in Fishers Lane at 6.30pm and the second a short time later in Kingscote Road which is near St Alban's Avenue.

Police are urgently trying to identify the suspect who has been described as white, between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 9ins, aged 25 to 30, stocky or athletic build with brown hair. During the assaults he has been wearing a grey style beanie hat and he also spoke in a foreign language, possibly Spanish.

Google Map shows Fishers Lane and Dukes Avenue

The first incident happened on Saturday, 15 November at 2am when a 34-year-old woman was followed from Chiswick High Road and along Dukes Avenue before being indecently assaulted on Barrowgate Road. When she resisted the suspect ran off in the direction of Sutton Court Road.

The second incident happened on Monday, 24 November on Fishers Lane, Chiswick at approximately 6.30pm. The 28-year-old female victim was walking, when a man approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her. The victim jumped away and the man ran off towards Acton Green.

Close by that same day, and around the same time in Kingscote Road, a 52-year-old woman was walking with her adult daughter. A man approached the mother from behind and indecently assaulted her. The victim jumped away and the suspect ran off towards St Albans Avenue.

Police believe the same person may be responsible for all three offences. One theory is that he may be following women after they have travelled on public transport. Leaflets are being distributed to commuters at Turnham Green Station seeking information and it is understood local police have stepped up patrols.

Chiswickw4.com asked police why information about the attacks was not released to the public until Friday, when two assaults had been reported last Monday. A police spokesman said they had been "establishing intelligence leads".

Detective Constable Emma Pestridge of Hounslow CID said. "These are frightening incidents and we urgently want to find this man. If anyone else has been approached in this manner their information could be the vital. I would ask anyone who may have seen this man, or who knows who he is, to contact Hounslow police.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Emma Pestridge at Hounslow CID on Tel: 0208 247 6650. You can also phone Crimestoppers on Tel: 0800 555 111 if you do not want to give your name.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Broom said.”These incidents are clearly of concern to our community and very distressing for the victims involved. In the meantime we are November 29, 2014to reassure and protect our community.”

A local police spokesman said people should call them with any details of any suspicious behaviour by dialling 999. He said they did not want the public to panic, but they were very anxious to identify the man responsible for these attacks.


November 28, 2014