clapham attacks
Police released CCTV footage of the man they wanted to speak to in connection with the assults Met Police

A serial sex offender is thought to have struck for the ninth time after a woman reported being assaulted in Clapham, south London. Police were called to Edithna Street shortly after 5.40pm on Saturday (31 October) after a woman was approached by a man whilst her back was turned. The suspect proceeded to touch the woman on her backside multiple times before the victim called for help and the attacker fled in the direction of Landor Road. His description matches those of similar assaults in the area.

The attack comes after a 34-year-old man was released on bail over eight sexual assaults in the Clapham and Brixton Hill. He was released pending further inquiries until mid-December. Previously, a 30-year-old man was arrested on 27 October and was bailed to return to a south London police station in November pending further enquiries.

In all eight cases the suspect is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle-Eastern appearance with dark hair. The victims have all been white females aged in their 20s or early 30s.

Police patrols have been stepped up in response to the spate of attacks and Chief Inspector Tony Hirst of Lambeth borough, warned females to be vigilant. "We are following up enquiries on this latest sexual assault," he said.

"At this early stage, it is being linked to the previous eight assaults. I would like to reassure the public that we have increased police patrols in Clapham and Brixton Hill areas. Detectives continue to study CCTV and are following up a number of active leads.

"I would like to remind everyone in the area to take sensible precautions: be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. If you feel uneasy about an individual or situation, trust your instincts. Always call police if you feel in danger."