FOUR indecent assaults on women took place in Market Harborough and police have only today (Thursday) issued an appeal for witnesses - 11 days after the worrying attacks were carried out.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the four incidents which happened in a 90-minute span on Saturday, November 22, from about 3.30pm to 5pm.
The first incident happened in Millennium Walk at 3.30pm when a 24-year-old female victim was walking along the footpath. A man approached her and touched her inappropriately.
In the second incident, a 32-year-old woman was touched inappropriately in Springfield Street at about 4pm, as she was waiting to cross the road at traffic lights.
In the third incident, the suspect touched a 30-year-old woman inappropriately at about 4.20pm in Northampton Road.
And in the fourth and final attack, a 21-year-old woman was touched inappropriately between 4.30pm and 5pm in Walcot Road.
The suspect is described as white, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, was 5ft5ins and 5ft6ins tall with a beard or stubble and of skinny build.
He was wearing a dark, hooded top and distinctive-patterned tight leggings or jeans.
Det Con 1625 Conroy Crowe, who is the investigating officer, said: “We would appeal to anyone who saw the suspect acting inappropriately at the time of the incidents to please get in touch.
“The man is described as being very skinny and his tight leggings or jeans had a distinctive pattern, which were of either a snowflake or Aztec type of design, so you may have remembered seeing him at the times stated.”
Mail deputy editor Alex Blackwell said: “With incidents of such a serious nature, the first 48 hours of any witness appeal are said to be the must crucial so it’s deeply disappointing to not hear about these worrying attacks until 11 days afterwards. Not to mention that this suspect has now been at-large for the past 11 days where further attacks could have been perpetrated.
“Taxpayers deserve to know what is going on in their community - and I’m sure if women knew this man was out there, they might have taken extra precautions when going out alone.”
A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said this afternoon: “The police press office only received information about the incident yesterday (Wednesday) and we put something out today (Thursday).
“The officers involved in the case were making ongoing enquiries into the incidents and looking at CCTV footage. They had exhausted all other avenues and then felt a public witness appeal was now necessary.”
Anyone with information in relation to the incidents is asked to call the police 101 number, follow the instructions to leave a message for the officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 1625.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
Story by Alex Blackwell.