Facial reconstruction image released in connection with string of sexual assaults in Watford

Facial reconstruction image released in connection with string of sexual assaults in Watford

Facial reconstruction image released in connection with string of sexual assaults in Watford

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A facial reconstruction image has been released in connection with a string of sexual assaults in Watford.

Police hunting a man who has been approaching women and grabbing their buttocks in seven linked incidents since the beginning of June said they want to identify the man as part of the investigation.

The incidents occurred around the Vicarage Road, Wiggenhall Road and Exchange Road areas of Watford.

The offender is described as black male, with a slim build, between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 5ins tall and with short hair. 

Detective Sergeant Matthew Waylett, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: "One of the victims has assisted us in creating this image of the suspect. 

"I’d like to hear from anyone who recognises this person or has information about the incidents as a matter of urgency. You can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers if you would prefer. I’d also like to hear from anyone who has been approached in the same way."  

Officers previously released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the investigation. 

Sergeant Waylett added: "The man pictured may have vital information about what happened and I would urge the public to contact us if they can identify him. He is wearing a distinctive pair of Simpson’s cartoon slippers. 

"I’d reassure people that we are taking these incidents seriously and have a number of officers involved in the investigation, as well as increased patrols. I would also reiterate the safety advice which includes remaining alert when walking alone, being aware of your surroundings and sticking to busy areas." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the local crime unit at Watford Police Station via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Cortes. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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12:25am Thu 14 Aug 14

G_Whiz says...

So many sex crimes in watford lately - What;s going on? I know the Police are struggling, the courts don't give a t**s and the liberals still want to be soft on criminals. But surely there comes a time when we should start protecting our kids?
So many sex crimes in watford lately - What;s going on? I know the Police are struggling, the courts don't give a t**s and the liberals still want to be soft on criminals. But surely there comes a time when we should start protecting our kids? G_Whiz
  • Score: 15

9:23am Thu 14 Aug 14

Fantastiic Con says...

Hmm, lots of seemingly random folks roaming our streets day and night. Do the Police or local authorities even know who they are? The added burden must be hugely unwelcome on services already forced to make huge cuts in budgets and officer numbers.

The important thing to remember though is that they're making a fantastic contribution.
Hmm, lots of seemingly random folks roaming our streets day and night. Do the Police or local authorities even know who they are? The added burden must be hugely unwelcome on services already forced to make huge cuts in budgets and officer numbers. The important thing to remember though is that they're making a fantastic contribution. Fantastiic Con
  • Score: 1

11:47am Thu 14 Aug 14

theturpster says...

With today's sexualised driven media and urban "kultcha" is it any surprise that there is an increase in these horrible events and general bombardment of videos/lyrics/photos seem to give certain pea brained individuals the idea they have a green light to become pests. General abuse against women/misogyny is on the rise it seems. Sad really.
With today's sexualised driven media and urban "kultcha" is it any surprise that there is an increase in these horrible events and general bombardment of videos/lyrics/photos seem to give certain pea brained individuals the idea they have a green light to become pests. General abuse against women/misogyny is on the rise it seems. Sad really. theturpster
  • Score: 4

7:19am Fri 15 Aug 14

garston tony says...

I agree with theturpster's comments, i'm not sure what the other two are on about. In a town that has what 70k people living in it and thousands more visiting and working in it everyday are you really expecting the police to stop every single person they dont recognise? Because that's sensible isnt it!

I'd also point out that out of 7 victims only one was able to provide enough of a description so that the above efit could be made. The police can only go on the information they are given and evidence available, if that is lacking what do you expect them to do?

Victim: someone grabbed my bottom
Police: what did he look like
Victim: I dont know

And even when they do get a description unless the person is known to them already then they have to rely on articles like this were the public are asked if they recognise the alleged offender, and that only works if a) someone thinks they know who it is and b) they actually tell the police.

But sadly we live in an age where people are not interested or not willing to help. I wonder how many people who moan about the police not doing anything are the same people who would not step forward and assist them if they knew something.
I agree with theturpster's comments, i'm not sure what the other two are on about. In a town that has what 70k people living in it and thousands more visiting and working in it everyday are you really expecting the police to stop every single person they dont recognise? Because that's sensible isnt it! I'd also point out that out of 7 victims only one was able to provide enough of a description so that the above efit could be made. The police can only go on the information they are given and evidence available, if that is lacking what do you expect them to do? Victim: someone grabbed my bottom Police: what did he look like Victim: I dont know And even when they do get a description unless the person is known to them already then they have to rely on articles like this were the public are asked if they recognise the alleged offender, and that only works if a) someone thinks they know who it is and b) they actually tell the police. But sadly we live in an age where people are not interested or not willing to help. I wonder how many people who moan about the police not doing anything are the same people who would not step forward and assist them if they knew something. garston tony
  • Score: 1

7:28am Fri 15 Aug 14

garston tony says...

I had a client whose premises got broken into overnight. I happened to have a meeting with him first thing there and we arrived at the same time and discovered the break in together.

Whilst my client called the police a neighbour came out and I chatted to him, he told me that he thought he'd seen someone suspicious the night before hanging around and that he had heard the sound of breaking glass also but hadnt called the police because they 'were useless and never did anything'.

When the cops arrived I told them of this neighbour who was a potential witness but when they went to speak to him he denied having seen or heard anything. I couldnt help thinking well of course the police are not going to find the burglar because the very person who thinks they are useless has refused to provide them with information that could help them catch the criminal.

I'm not saying the police do everything right all of the time, of course mistakes are made and some maybe arent up to scratch but sometimes a crime can not be solved because there just isnt enough evidence to go on and/or because people are not willing to support them
I had a client whose premises got broken into overnight. I happened to have a meeting with him first thing there and we arrived at the same time and discovered the break in together. Whilst my client called the police a neighbour came out and I chatted to him, he told me that he thought he'd seen someone suspicious the night before hanging around and that he had heard the sound of breaking glass also but hadnt called the police because they 'were useless and never did anything'. When the cops arrived I told them of this neighbour who was a potential witness but when they went to speak to him he denied having seen or heard anything. I couldnt help thinking well of course the police are not going to find the burglar because the very person who thinks they are useless has refused to provide them with information that could help them catch the criminal. I'm not saying the police do everything right all of the time, of course mistakes are made and some maybe arent up to scratch but sometimes a crime can not be solved because there just isnt enough evidence to go on and/or because people are not willing to support them garston tony
  • Score: 3

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