London: Manhunt for sex attacker who ‘lunged’ at three women

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the attacks (Picture: Met Police)

A man who committed a string of sex attacks on women in London after ‘lunging’ at them is at the centre of a police manhunt.

Detectives today released a CCTV image of a suspect they would like to identify and question.

Three women were touched inappropriately by the same man in the space of just a few minutes in Southwark.

One of the victims was a woman in her 20s as she was walking along East Street at around 2pm on Sunday, April 4.

She was approached by an unknown man who ‘suddenly lunged towards her and inappropriately touched her, causing her to fall to the ground’, the Metropolitan Police said.

Members of the public intervened but the man walked off in the direction of Blackwood Street.

Police discovered from CCTV footage that similar attacks on two women had been carried out by the suspect just minutes before.

But the two victims have not come forward and are yet to be identified.

The suspect has been described as a slim black man in his 30s or 40s.

He was wearing a blue hooded jumper, black puffa jacket and dark-coloured tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe on the outside of the leg.

Investigating officer DC Jack Bailey said: ’We are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the picture, or who has information that would help us to identify him, to contact us.

‘We also want to hear from the two other women who were assaulted or from anyone who was in the East Street area at the time and who may have seen this man acting suspiciously or inappropriately.

‘Tackling violence against women and girls is an absolute priority for the Met. We want women to feel and be safe on the streets of London.

‘We are determined to hold this man accountable for his actions and prevent him from causing further harm.’

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and give the reference CAD3953/04APR.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

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