Two women sexually assaulted in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:35 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:27 22 April 2016

Police have appealed for witnesses following incidents of sexual assault and indecent exposure in Hatfield

Police have appealed for witnesses following incidents of sexual assault and indecent exposure in Hatfield

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Officers are appealing for information and witnesses after two incidents of sexual assault and two incidents of indecent exposure in Hatfield.

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses after two incidents of sexual assault and two incidents of indecent exposure in Hatfield.

Two women were sexually assaulted in two separate incidents as they made their way along the railway bridge in Great North Road.

Police today revealed the first incident occurred on Saturday, March 26 between 6.40pm and 6.45pm as the victim – a 40-year-old woman – made her way along the footbridge.

Then on Monday, April 11, between 7.25am and 7.40am, a 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted as she walked across the bridge. In both cases the victims were touched inappropriately by a man.

A man was then seen exposing himself in two separate incidents on Monday, April 11.

Between 2.30pm and 2.40pm a man was seen touching himself inappropriately while outside flats in Meadow Croft.

Later, between 4.15pm and 4.20pm, a man was seen exposing himself while standing near the bus stop in Cavendish Way close to the entrance to the underpass that leads to Roe Green Lane.

The offender is described as a white man, aged between 30 and 45, with short dark hair, between 5ft 5in and 5ft 7in tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a hoody and grey or blue jogging bottoms.

PC Kelly Bowman, who is investigating, said: “We believe that these incidents may be linked. However, at this stage of the investigation, we are keeping an open mind as to whether the same offender is responsible.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the offender(s) or anyone who has information that may assist this investigation to get in touch as soon as possible.

“I would also like to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to catch those responsible for these offences and, as part of our efforts to keep the public safe, police patrols have been stepped up in the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bowman via the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B2/16/1463.


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