Extra resources brought in to help catch Waterlooville attacker

Police and crime commisssioner Simon Hayes
Police and crime commisssioner Simon Hayes

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HAMPSHIRE’S crime commissioner has said he is confident police are robustly investigating a series of suspicious incidents involving children.

Simon Hayes spoke to The News in the wake of the police probe into four incidents of a man acting suspiciously in Waterlooville.

Police have stepped up patrols following the incidents, including two accounts of children being chased and a 14-year-old girl being attacked.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I’m confident that the constabulary is dealing with it properly.

‘I can understand the concerns. I know the constabulary is deploying extra resources in the community of Waterlooville to deter any further occurrences.

‘They have lines of inquiry. People should be vigilant at this time.’

MP for Stakes, David Willetts, has urged police to use their ‘full resources’ to catch the culprit.

Parents of schoolchildren have been e-mailed or sent texts by schools about the suspicious incidents and have been urged to remain extra vigilant.

A forensic examination of the footpath, off Frendstaple Road, where the teenage girl was attacked on Saturday evening has taken place.

The nature of the attack is still being looked into.

The descriptions of the attacker varies and detectives still do not know whether the incidents are linked.

The first incident happened on September 27 when two 14-year-old girls reported a man acting suspiciously in the Shaftesbury Avenue area at 8.45pm.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s, 5ft 2ins tall, skinny, with light brown short hair.

On October 1 at 5pm, two 11-year-old girls reported a man following and running after them along Park Farm Road towards Shaftesbury Avenue.

He is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, 6ft tall, medium build with broad shoulders, and short black hair.

Last Saturday at 9.30am, a 14-year-old boy was riding his bike through Newlease Coppice when a man ran after him.

He is 5ft 8ins tall, medium build, dressed in all black clothing with a hood on.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.