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Police hunt for man in dressing gown after two sex attacks

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Detectives are hunting for a man in a dressing gown after a woman and a 15-year-old girl were sexually assaulted in Sheffield.

At 2am on Monday, April 5, South Yorkshire Police received a report that an unknown man had approached a woman in her 20s while she was walking along Bellhouse Road.

He is said to have made sexual remarks towards her before sexually assaulting her.

Police believe the assault may be linked to a sex attack on a 15-year-old girl just hours before.

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Detectives are now looking to identify a man dressed in a blue dressing gown captured in CCTV footage on Bellhouse Road.

Detective Constable Joanne Vaughan is investigating, she said: “The man in the footage is wearing a blue dressing gown, trainers and a face mask.

Police are searching for a man in a dressing gown who they believe may be linked to the attacks
(Image: South Yorkshire Police)

“We believe there were numerous cars travelling along the road at the time so I am hoping someone will have spotted him or captured him on their dash cam.

“I believe this incident may be linked to a sexual assault reported to us on Easter Sunday (4 April), a few hours prior to the incident on Bellhouse Road.”

At around 8.20pm, police were alerted to reports that a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted on Deerlands Avenue, also in Sheffield.

It was reported than an unknown man got out of his car approached the victim and sexually assaulted her, before leaving the scene in his vehicle, a black BMW.

DC Vaughan added: “I know these incidents will be concerning to the local community.

“My team are currently reviewing CCTV footage and carrying out further enquiries to ascertain whether the incidents are definitely linked and identify anyone responsible. Both victims are being supported by specially trained officers.

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“I am appealing to anyone who spotted this man in the Bellhouse Road area in the early hours of Monday morning to get in touch. He could be vital to our enquiries.”

If you have any information which could assist either investigation, call 101 quoting incident number 958 of April 4 or 88 of April 5.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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