Hunt for a serial sex attacker in Doncaster

Police are appealing to the public to help them identify a man responsible for a series of indecent assaults across the Doncaster area.
Police are appealing to the public to help them identify a man responsible for a series of indecent assaults across the Doncaster area.
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Worried parents have called for more police patrols after officers revealed a serial sex attacker who targets South Yorkshire schoolgirls has struck again - twice.

Officers have released CCTV pictures after the latest attack, which takes the number of suspected assaults by the same man to eight.

And police today revealed some ‘distinctive characteristics’ about the man which they hope will help the public identify him.

He is known to carry a bottle of water in his back pocket, walk with a distinctive arm-swinging gait, and has been reported wearing a distinctive T-shirt featuring an image of a man holding a red guitar.

Police today appealed for help in identifying the man responsible for the attacks, carried out on girls aged from 11 to 15, mainly around the Intake, Balby and town centre areas of Doncaster since April.

In the latest incident revealed by police, an 11-year-old girl was walking her dog at 5pm on August 5 when a man pinched her bottom.

And at 4.30pm on July 8, a 15-year-old girl was walking through an alleyway in the town centre when a man reached out and touched her chest.

Previous offences took place on June 17 when a 14-year-old girl was approached from behind and grabbed around the shoulders in a bear hug; on June 12 when a man tried to hug and kiss an 11-year-old; on June 3 when a 13-year-old girl had her chest touched; on May 16 when a man touched a 12-year-old girl’s chest; on May 15 when a 12-year-old girl had her chest touched as she walked through Clayfields Industrial Estate; and on April 15 when a man touched a 14-year-old girl’s chest.

Acting Det Sgt Andrew Knowles said the crimes were ‘exceptionally serious’.

“I would ask that the public take a few minutes to study the CCTV images,” he said.

“We have uncovered a number of characteristics about the man, 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 the man frequents the Intake, Balby and town centre areas of Doncaster.

“Do you know someone that fits this description?”

Call police on 101.