Picture released in hunt for man behind two sex attacks in Portsmouth

The e-fit released of the man behind two sex attacks
The e-fit released of the man behind two sex attacks

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POLICE have issued an e-fit of a man who they think is responsible for two sexual assaults in Portsmouth.

Both took place on the night of Saturday, October 18 in the city centre.

The first was in Melbourne Place off Middle Street between 11pm and 11.30pm. A 19-year-old woman was having a cigarette when a man came up to her and sexually assaulted her over her clothes before running off.

The second happened nearby in Lord Montgomery Way at about 11.35pm. A 20-year-old woman was approached by a man who pulled at her clothing and sexually assaulted her. She got away and raised the alarm.

The man was white, bald and slim and in his 30s or 40s. One victim said the man was wearing a V-neck woollen jumper with a bird logo on it and the other said he wore a black hoody.

Both victims were left shocked by what happened.

Det Con Andrew Larder, who is investigating, said: ‘I’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man in the area at the time that matches the description or, who knows who he may be. We are keen to find the person responsible.

‘We believe the two incidents may be linked and officers are carrying out regular patrols in the area.

‘I’d like to remind people to look after their personal safety when out at night and to make sure they are aware of what is going on around them. Try to keep to busy, well lit areas where possible.’

Those with information can call DC Larder at Fratton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.