Do you know this man? Hunt for Harborough sex attacker takes on new twist

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This is the face of a man believed to have sexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman in Market Harborough.

Detectives revealed the computer generated image at a public meeting held at Welland Park Academy last night (Monday 19 September).

Concerned residents who attended the meeting were updated on the investigation by Detective Chief Inspector Jonny Starbuck, who appealed for anyone who knows someone resembling the man in the image to come forward.

DCI Starbuck said: “It is possible this man may live in the area and if this is the case, not only will he know the area well, but the local community will know him.

“We have held the meeting to continue to speak to people in the local area because we think they may have vital information or recognise the man in the image.

“I would urge anyone who knows someone matching this description to come forward.”

His appeal follows an attack which happened in the early hours of Monday 22 August, in a cut through off Green Lane.

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The victim, a 17-year-old girl, was walking in the street shortly after midnight when she was grabbed by a man who dragged her onto a nearby footpath before subjecting her to what detectives have described as ‘a very serious sexual assault’.

She has described the man as white, of medium build, and between 20 and 40-years-old, with dark or grey hair. At the time of the attack she said he was wearing blue jeans and a coat.

A police spokesman said: “What made the man particularly distinctive is a mark between his thumb and index finger on his right hand. This could be a mole.”

Since the incident was reported to police, officers have been carrying out a number of lines of enquiry, speaking to local residents, looking at forensic opportunities, examining CCTV and leafleting houses and businesses.

A man who was arrested last week was subsequently released from police custody with no further action.

Anyone with information should contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 364 of 22 August.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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