Manhunt launched for serial sex attacker after six women are assaulted in park

A MANHUNT is underway for a serial sex attacker after six women were assaulted in a park in south London.

Police said there had been a string of incidents in South Norwood Country Park between May 3 and June 21 in which women have been sexually assaulted and/or robbed by the suspect.

All of the victims, aged from their early 30s to mid 60s, were walking or jogging alone, five of them with their dogs, when they were grabbed by the suspect.

All the offences occurred in daylight and on weekdays between 10.50am and 4.30pm.

Four of the victims were sexually assaulted.

In four cases the suspect either stole or attempted to steal mobile phones from the victims.

The suspect is described as a black male, aged between 16 and 25, tall, thin and with dark hair.

Police are treating the offences as linked.

DS Matt Loftus, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are working hard to identify the suspect in this case and are appealing for anyone who might have seen or heard anything to speak to us, however insignificant they think the information may be.”

“We would advise park users to be vigilant and will be providing additional patrols in the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference CAD 5140/20JUN19 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.