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Police Hunt serial attacker after seven women attacked



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Detectives are investigating the possibility of a serial sex attacker in Whitsable following seven women being attacked.

Police fear there could be more victims who have not yet come forward.

Detectives are today reviewing evidence to examine the possibility that all seven attacks which range from indecent exposure to sexual assault are linked.

Police began investigating the offender on January 27th when three attacks over a 45 minuet period were reported to police.

Police first received reports that a man indecently exposed himself to two teenage girls which was report to police between 6.25PM to 6.45PM, while they walked down Grimshill Road near the junction of Gosselin Street, he indecently exposed himself, two teenage girls.

The girls turn around and walked in the opposite direction, the man followed them and grabbed one of the girls by the neck from behind, he pushed her into a hedge and punched her in the head.

Later that night a woman contacted police to say that she was walking along Carb and Winkle Line in Whitsable at 6pm with her young daughter when she was approached by a man who touched her in an inappropriate way over her clothing.

A third woman contacted police to report that she was pushed off her bike in Stream Walk, Whitstable which caused bruising to her left arm and should between 6.30PM and 6.35PM.

Police received further reports on Saturday, 14 June, a 26 year old woman was walking along the Crab and Winkle Line when she noticed a man in front of her. A moment later he allegedly walked directly up to her and punched her in the face. The woman fell backwards into some bushes and the suspect continued to hit her. He then ran off through the graveyard.

Police reports on Tuesday 12 August police received three reports from women claiming they’d been assaulted by a man.

An 88 year old woman reported at 1.40PM she approached from behind when she was walking along the alleyway that joins Cromwell and Acton Roads. She claims to have been touched inappropriately and reported that the man also tried to take her handbag but didn’t manage it. He ran off in the same direction that he approached her from.

A Cyclist reported at 3.15pm that she was cycling down the Crab and Winkle Line, opposite the cemetery, when a man allegedly ran out and grabbed her inappropriately from behind. Half an hour later a woman was walking from Crab and Winkle Way towards a supermarket when a man approached her and grabbed her inappropriately.

Detective Inspector Max Davidson said: “My officers and I are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry and this is very much a live investigation. We are aware of several similarities and several differences in the nature of the offences and the descriptions given of the offender. However, at this stage we are not formally linking the attacks and are keeping an open mind.”

“There will be an increased police presence in Whitstable to help reassure local residents and to carry out enquiries and I would urge anyone who may have information about any of these offences or who may have been in the areas at the times they took place, to come forward.”

“No amount of information should be considered too small or insignificant.”

Police have described the suspected as White, stocky build, shaven head, between 40 and 50 years old during all seven attacks he has either worn a Dark or Grey coloured hooded top, during one of the attacks he was described as wearing camouflage style trousers.

He has a tribal or Celtic style tattoo around the base of the right hand thumb.

Police have taken the steps to issue safety advice to women within the community.

Chief Inspector Mark Arnold said: “I would like to remind members of the public that whilst incidents such as these are rare, it is still important to think about your personal safety when out and about.”

“We would ask people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour, no matter how trivial it may seem at the time. We advise people, particularly women, to stick to the main routes and thoroughfares.”

· stick to well lit and busy areas, particularly at night. Avoid short cuts through isolated areas

· avoid travelling alone at night and plan your route – wear bright clothing so you can be seen

· let others know where you’re going and when you’ll be home

· if you use a wheelchair, keep your belongings beside you rather than at the back of your chair

· be alert to what’s going on around you. For example, when out walking or jogging, don’t listen to MP3 players through headphones

Anyone with information should contact Detective Inspector Max Davidson on 01843 222 069.

Alternatively, you can contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car



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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.



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Six dead after six-vehicle crash in Birmingham



Six people have been killed in a horrific crash in Birmingham just one week before Christmas.

Another person is fighting for their life the crash involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses have described how they saw a number of people ejected from their vehicles during the incident resulting in utter devastation and carnage.

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene along with a female passenger, a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the scene of the crash. The fourth is in a critical condition.

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Our thoughts are with all of those emergency workers who responded to this truly traumatic incident and the family and the friends those who have sadly died in this incident.



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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek



A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.



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