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Bromley man arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 30 January 2018

Foxfield Road, Orpington, where the first reported assault took place. Picture: Google

Foxfield Road, Orpington, where the first reported assault took place. Picture: Google

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A 51-year-old male has been arrested in Bromley in connection with a series of sexual assaults which have taken place across five different South London boroughs.

He was taken to a south London police station where he currently remains in custody.

The series of 26 allegations mainly relate to Lewisham and Greenwich boroughs but also include Bromley, Bexley and Southwark.

The linked series of assaults typically took place during rush hour periods - between 7.00am - 9.00am and 4.00pm - 6.00pm.

His alleged victims were all young women and girls.

The first incident is believed to have taken place on October 16 2016 - it involved a 13-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted in Foxfield Road, Orpington at around 9.15am.

Since then, police have received reports of similar offences that may have been committed by the same suspect.

The last reported assault was committed on Monday, January 8.

A 12-year-old girl reported an attempted robbery at approximately 7.30am on Grierson Road junction with Gabriele Street.

The officers are linking this to the series and treating it as an attempted sexual assault.

Police have increased patrols in the areas where offences have been reported, and have also worked with local schools to reassure pupils and parents.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Furphy of Lewisham police, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are aware that there might be further victims who have not yet spoken to police.

“If you are a victim, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault, I can assure you your information will be treated with strict confidence and sensitivity and we can also access specialist support where needed.”

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 0208 284 8346 or call 101 or tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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