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Appeal for information in connection with sexual assaults in Prospect Park Reading

Alert message sent 16/03/2017 18:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following two sexual assaults at a park in Reading that are being linked.

Both sexual assaults happened near to the playground in Prospect Park on Monday (13/3).

During the first offence, the victim, a 15-year-old girl, was approached by a man at about 4.15pm.

The offender inappropriately touched the victim before running off towards Waverley Road.

During the second incident, which happened about 4.40pm, the victim, a 14-year-old girl, was approached by a man, believed to be the same offender who carried out the first offence.

The offender inappropriately touched the victim before again running off towards Waverley Road.

Investigating officer, Det Sgt Stuart Streeter of Local CID in Reading, said: “We are making an urgent appeal to anyone with any information about these incidents to please contact police immediately.

“The offender is white with tanned skin, in his late twenties, about 5ft 10ins to 6ft, with an athletic build and dark brown hair, which was longer on top and gelled.

“He was wearing a grey hooded top, a dark coloured T-Shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms with a black stripe down each leg, and trainers.

“He was carrying a mobile phone that was orange or had an orange case.

“The park is popular with joggers, dog-walkers, children who use the playground facilities, and children and adults who use the sports facilities next to the playground.

“If anyone saw or heard anything unusual in the park on Monday afternoon, or saw a man matching the description of the offender in the vicinity of the park or Waverley Road please come forward.

“Even if you think the information you have is insignificant we still want to hear from you. The easiest way to contact us is by calling 101 or by visiting your nearest police station quoting reference number 43170074261.

“We would urge anyone using the park to be extra vigilant at this time and if you see a man matching the description of the offender please call 999.

“Police officers and staff will be carrying out additional patrols in the area so if you have any concerns, questions or information to provide please speak to them.”
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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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