Police step up attacker hunt
By Sara Nathan on Thursday, 5th August 1999.
POLICE have released an E-fit of the man who could be responsible for two sex attacks.
The man is thought to have struck twice within the space of two days in the same secluded spot in Haverhill last month.
The first victim, a 12-year-old girl, was treated for shock, but a police spokesman said she now appears to be recovering from her ordeal.
And officers believe the same man is responsible for an attack on a 48-year-old woman only days after the school girl was indecently assaulted.
Now police investigating the incidents have released a computer generated E-fit picture of the attacker from the first incident.
The 48-year-old was assaulted near the town's civic amenities site in Couples Close at 8.20am on Sunday, July 18.
The assault on the young girl took place as she rode her pushbike near Railway Walk and the civic amenity site at about 5.45pm on July 16.
She was approached by a man who also had a pushbike — he then attacked and indecently assaulted her.
Det Insp John Barnett, of Suffolk police, is leading the inquiry.
He said: "We have had a good response from the public and as a result a number of identified persons have been eliminated.
"I would ask the residents of Haverhill to view the E-fit and, coupled with the description, tell us if they recognise the man. All calls will be in confidence."
The attacker is described as a white man, with tanned complexion, who wore a grey top and dark bottoms.
Anyone who has information regarding the assault is asked to ring the incident room hotline on (01284 774493, (01284) 774474, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Picture caption: Clue . . . the E-fit of the attacker.
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