Detectives link second incident to knifepoint sexual assault as they appeal to motorists for information

Police officers putting out notices and talking to passers-by on a walkway between Rhubarb Bridge at North Bretton -  the scene of a recent assault EMN-170710-200856009
Police officers putting out notices and talking to passers-by on a walkway between Rhubarb Bridge at North Bretton - the scene of a recent assault EMN-170710-200856009

A second woman has been sexually assaulted in Bretton in Peterborough - a week after another woman was attacked at knife-point.

On Saturday, September 30, a woman in her 20s was walking along the footpath near to AMF Bowling off Bretton Way, near to Rhubarb Bridge, when she was approached by a man between 11am and 11.30am.

The latest attack also took place off Bretton Way near to AMF Bowling on Friday, October 6.

At about 1.10pm a 19-year-old woman was walking along the footpath which runs alongside the bowling alley, near to Rhubarb Bridge, when a man approached her and slapped her on the bottom, grabbing her by the arms and snatching her handbag before running off towards Bretton.

In the first attack a man threatened the victim with a knife before sexually assaulting her. She managed to escape uninjured and alerted police.

Police are now linking a second attack, which took place in the same area of the city - and the 18-year-old man arrested in connection with the first incident has also been arrested in connection with the second incident.

A team of detectives is investigating the attack and there have been, and will continue to be, extra patrols in the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop said they were appealing for motorists to come forward to help with the investigations.

Talking about the first incident, he said: “This was a truly horrific ordeal for the victim.

“The offence location is the footpath which runs adjacent to the Soke Parkway, between AMF Bowling in Bretton Way and the railway line.

“Following the attack the victim managed to run away and tried to flag down passing motorists – I am appealing directly to anyone who was driving in that area between about 11am and 11.30am on Saturday, September 30, to please get in touch.

“I am particularly interested in seeing any dashcam footage from the time of the incident. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could really aid our investigation.”

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said the man had been arrested in connection with the first incident on October 2, and the second incident yesterday (October 12). The two incidents were linked by the detectives following the arrest yesterday.

The man has now been released under investigation,

The offender in both incidents is described as being of Asian appearance, in his late teenage years, between 5’ 8” and 5’ 10”, slim with short black hair and a small, scruffy moustache.

The spokesman said; “We would advise members of the public to take the normal precautions when out and about on their own. If anyone has any concerns they should contact police on 101, or call 999 if they feel they are in immediate danger.”

The incidents are not being linked with any other attacks in the city.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CF0561950917 for the incident on September 30 and CF0574211017 for the incident on October 6, or visit www.contactcambspolice.uk/Report/. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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