Boy, 14, charged with 13 sex attacks on women outside Lidl and Poundland

In the incidents, a lone male allegedly approached the women before sexually assaulting them and fleeing

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with 13 different sex attacks on women in south London.

The horror assaults allegedly took place outside Poundland and Lidl supermarkets as well near train stations and pubs.

The charges relate to a four-week spree of assaults in Penge and Beckenham, in south London between February 9 and March 4 this year.

In the incidents, a lone male allegedly approached the women before sexually assaulting them and fleeing.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on September 10.

The first alleged attack took place outside a Poundland store on Penge High Street on February 9.

He is then claimed to have carried out a second attack outside a Lidl on the same street five days later.

Further attacks are alleged to have happened outside Penge East Railway Station and Kent House Railway Station and a number of streets in Penge and Beckenham.

The boy was arrested after his final alleged assault outside the Moon and Stars pub on Penge High Street.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “A teenage boy has been charged in connection with a number of sexual assaults in the Penge area. “A 14-year-old boy was charged with 13 counts of sexual assault on Tuesday.

“He will next appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on September 10.”