Victims’ bravery praised after sex attacker strikes


Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted two women within 10 minutes of each other in Dunstable on Friday evening.

The first incident happened at around 5.15pm in an alleyway near to Apollo Close as the 28-year-old victim was making her way home.

As she walked along the alleyway which links Sundown Avenue and Apollo Close a man grabbed her shoulder, turned her around and tried to kiss her while pushing her against a fence.

The victim bit his tongue as hard as she could, but he then tried to put his hand down the inside her clothing. The woman continued to struggle with the attacker and then the fence that they were grappling against gave way and they fell to the ground.

The man then tried to get on top of the victim but she continued to fight and managed to run away and call the police.

At 5.25 a second victim was attacked when she was walking through Priory Gardens. The 55-year-old had just left work when she was approached by the man who tried to hug her.

The victim pushed him away but he continued to say “come on” before trying to kiss her. The woman shouted at him to get off before he walked away towards High Street North.

The man in both incidents is described as being a white male of Mediterranean appearance, aged in his mid-20s to late 30s, about 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build.

He had dark hair, dark eyes, a strong accent and was wearing a long black coat, which came to his knees, dark trousers or jeans and black shoes.

Det Insp Bernie White is investigating these attacks and would like to hear from anyone who saw either of the incidents or may have information about the man.

She said: “These are two very worrying incidents which thankfully didn’t result in serious injury to the victims.

“The first victim showed extreme courage to fight off her attacker in what must have been terrifying circumstance. The second victim acted with bravery and confidence to ensure that she was not going to be harmed by her attacker.

“While we are keeping an open mind about these incidents, given their close proximity to one another and the short time scale between the two, we believe that one man is responsible for both and I would urge anyone who was either area on Friday evening and can help us trace this individual then please contact us as soon as you can.”

Det Insp White can be contacted via the 24 hour non-emergency police number 101, or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to leave information anonymously.