Detectives release photos of items found in relation to two linked sexual assaults on young girls in Surrey
Detectives investigating two linked sexual assaults on girls in Ewell and Claygate have released images of the suspect’s items in a further bid to identify him.
The assaults took place in Claygate and Ewell about a month apart and detectives believe they were carried out by the same person.
On 10 July around 4.30pm, a 15-year-old girl was riding a bicycle along the Hogsmill River estate in Ewell. A man pushed her off her bike and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to run away and the offender made off in the direction of Ewell.
On 17 August approximately 5.50pm a 10-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man in a wooded area in Claygate. The victim was able to break away from the man and run to a place of safety.
In CCTV previously released, a man is seen earlier that day around 5.18pm walking down Steven’s Lane towards Claygate centre wearing a distinctive blue jacket with a Chelsea FC moniker and Adidas logo and a black cap with a Ferrari logo. Along the side of the cap there is a 10th Anniversary Partnership sticker. These items were then found discarded the following week in Berkley Gardens.
Later that day between 5.50pm and 6.00pm the same man is seen walking up Stevens' Lane, he then runs into Hill View Road (the entrance to Ruxley Heights private estate), his last known direction of travel was up Stevens' Lane heading north towards the junction of Woodstock Lane and Chessington.
Police have also found a white earphone bud believed to belong to the suspect.
Detective Chief Inspector Jo Hayes from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “So far we have a good picture of the suspect and we’ve had a number of names put to us which we’ve been able to rule out due to the DNA profile that we have of the man we’d like to speak to.
“I am specifically interested in hearing from you if you know someone who might have owned the clothing or items pictured, recognise the broken ear bud that went missing from 17 August, and noticed any suspicious activity.
“Did you see a relative or friend acting oddly on the dates in question or notice any scratches to their face around 10 July?
“These young girls have suffered a terrifying ordeal and we need to find this man before he strikes again. I am appealing directly to anyone who may know the suspect or recognises the man in the CCTV.
“Are you his mother, wife or friend? If so, I would appeal to you to do the right thing and come forward with information.”
It’s the combination of these elements that detectives are now looking for.
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45170090450, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also report information online at https://report.police.uk/.