Manhunt for cycling sex beast preying on lone women as 22 attacked

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The creep is said, on each occasion, to have cycled up to victims, who were jogging or walking, and either grabbed their buttocks from behind or touched their genitals, before making inappropriate remarks at them. All the incidents took place in Hackney Marshes, East London.

Police have released an e-fit of the suspect, thought to be as young as 16.

Some 22 complaints of the lewd behaviour in Hackney Marshes were filed by police between February and June this year, although officers believe more offences could have been committed.

Detectives at Metropolitan Police are urging any women who may not yet have spoken to officers to make contact with them, My London reports.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned male, possibly mixed race, aged 16 or 17, who is usually wearing a grey tracksuit.

Detective Constable Hannah Rodericks, of the Central East Command Unit, is investigating.

She said: “I understand this news may cause considerable concern among the community. We in the Central East Command Unit share that concern and are doing everything we can to identify and bring to justice the person responsible.

“It is imperative that he is identified but we need the public’s help. Anyone who has information that they think can help us is urged to make contact immediately.”

Police have now urged anyone with information to come forward – and for any other women to speak up if they have received similar abuse in the area.

In January, nearly 200 women shared their experiences as part of the Women’s Safety in public spaces in Hackney project, launched by Hackney Council on November 25, 2021.

Many of the comments were left by women who feel unsafe walking in certain areas of the borough at night because they say it is “too dark” or “deserted,” or because there are regular “gangs of men loitering”.

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