More police patrols after Sheffield sex attacks

Wybourn Inspector Paul Ferguson
Wybourn Inspector Paul Ferguson
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POLICE patrols have been stepped up in Sheffield and women are being urged to be more vigilant after two sex attacks within the space of two days.

Officers are carrying out extra patrols in the Attercliffe and Park areas of the city after two women were approached from behind and groped.

Although the offences were identical in the way they were carried out and committed only two days apart, officers as not yet linking them.

The first happened on Blast Street, Park, on Sunday, July 29, at about 7.30pm, when a 21-year-old woman was standing outside a block of flats.

Her attacker was white, in his mid 20s, more than 5ft 3in, skinny, clean shaven, had thin lips and blond hair.

He was wearing a black, short-sleeved T-shirt and dark blue denim jeans.

The second incident was on Effingham Street, Attercliffe, where a 24-year-old woman was assaulted as she returned to her car on Tuesday, July 31, at about 5.45pm.

A man approached from behind and sexually assaulted her. He was white, about 5ft 8in, of medium build and was wearing a red and black walking jacket and carrying a rucksack on his back.

He ran off across a bridge towards Savile Street.

Inspector Paul Ferguson, of the East Sheffield safer neighbourhood team, said: “Detectives are doing all they can to identify suspects.

“At this stage we are treating these as two separate incidents until it can be proved otherwise We have stepped up patrols in both areas and we are doing all we can to provide reassurance to females.

“There have been no reoccurrences and we are hoping it stays that way.

“These type of incidents are isolated and rare but two females have been assaulted so we are urging people to remain vigilant and to always be aware of their surroundings and where they are walking and to stick to well lit areas where there are lots of people.”

n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.