Police release e-fit as 22 women were sexually assaulted in Hackney

Hunt for Hackney Marshes sex attacker: Police release e-fit of suspect after 22 lone women were sexually assaulted by man on bike

  • Police launch a manhunt for sex attacker as they urged more victims to speak up
  • So far 22 women have come forward with similar reports from Hackney Marshes 
  • The suspect is described as wearing a grey tracksuit and riding a bike 
  • He touches them inappropriately before riding off, according to reports  

Police have released an e-fit of sex attacker they’re hunting after 22 lone women were assaulted by a man on a bike in Hackney Marshes, east London.  

There have been nearly two dozen reports of victims, who were out on their own, being approached by a man who touches them sexually before making inappropriate comments.

The male suspect, who rides a bicycle, has grabbed the women’s bottoms and made rude comments before riding away.

He has also reportedly touched the women’s genitals during the attacks between February and June in Hackney Marshes.  

Police believe that there could be even more sexual assaults from this time period that are yet to be reported. 

Police have released an e-fit (pictured) of a sexual assault suspect after 22 women came forward with similar reports of a man wearing a grey tracksuit touching them inappropriately in Hackney Marshes

They have released an e-fit image of a suspect – who they believe to be around 17-years-old.

The depiction of the potential sexual attacker came about after very similar physical descriptions and actions were reported by the individual victims, police said. 

He’s described as light skinned mixed race, who usually wears a grey tracksuit. 

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 Hackney area.  

Detective Constable Hannah Rodericks, 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 said that anyone who has information that could help should call 101 ref 4216097/22.

Alternatively witnesses can tweet @MetCC, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The sexual assaults, which occurred between February and June this year, happened to lone women in Hackney Marshes, east London (pictured)

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