Police are appealing to the public to help them identify a man responsible for a series of indecent assaults across the Doncaster area.
The man is believed to be responsible for eight offences, committed between April and August 2013. The victims are all young girls between 11 and 15-years-old.
During the investigation, police have obtained numerous photos of the man on CCTV, but as yet have been unable to identify who he is.
The offences known of are:
At around 5.30pm on Monday, April 15, it is reported that a 14-year-old girl was walking home from school, walking along Cromer Road, Intake. It is believed she was approached by a man asking for directions. It is alleged that the man quickly touched her chest inappropriately before running off.
On Wednesday, May 15, at around 3pm, it is reported that a 12-year-old girl was walking home from school with a friend and took a shortcut through Clayfields Industrial Estate. It is believed that a man touched the girl’s chest inappropriately before running off.
The following day, on Thursday, May 16, at around 5.45pm, it is believed that a 12-year-old girl was with a group of friends on Montrose Avenue, Intake, when she was approached by a man who touched her chest and then ran off.
On Monday, June 3, at around 3.15pm, a 13-year-old girl reported she was walking through the new-build housing estate on Gliwice Way, with a group of friends. It is believed a man approached the group from behind, allegedly touched the girl’s chest, and ran off.
At approximately 4.30pm on Wednesday, June 12, it is reported that an 11-year-old girl was walking down a footpath towards Ashfield Court when she was allegedly approached by a man. The man reportedly made comments to the girl and tried to hug and kiss her. She was able to push him away and run home.
At around 3.30pm on Monday, June 17, it is believed that a 14-year-old girl was walking along Lothian Road, when she was reportedly approached from behind by a person who grabbed her around the shoulders in a bear hug. The victim broke free by elbowing the person, and was able to run away.
On Monday, July 8, at around 4.30pm, it is reported that a 15-year-old girl was walking through the alleyway between the Frances Street car park and Silver Street, in the town centre. A man walking in the opposite direction through the alleyway allegedly reached out and touched her chest as he passed. He continued walking and was last seen on Kings Road, Doncaster.
At around 5pm on Monday, August 5, it is believed that an 11-year-old girl was walking her dog on Thorne Road, when a man reportedly approached her from the opposite direction. As he passed her, he reached back and allegedly pinched her bottom before continuing in the same direction towards town.
Acting Detective Sergeant Andrew Knowles, who has been leading the investigation, said: “We are continuing to investigate these exceptionally serious crimes, and we urge the public to help us identify the man we believe to be responsible. I would ask that the public take a few minutes to study these images to see if they recognise the man.
“We have uncovered a number of characteristics about the man we believe to be of interest to the investigation, including that he is known to carry a bottle of water in his back pocket, and has a distinctive arm swinging walk.
“Witnesses have also described him as wearing a distinctive t-shirt featuring an image of a man holding a red guitar. It is believed that the man frequents the Intake, Balby and Town Centre areas of Doncaster. Do you know someone that fits this description?”
Anyone who may have information about these incidents should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 768 of 3 June 2013.