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Police investigate sexual assaults in South Tyneside

October 28, 2014, 3:51 pm

Police are investigating sexual assaults in South Tyneside.

Between 7.45pm and 8.10pm on Saturday, October 18, a man has run up separately behind three teenagers and touched them inappropriately on the behind before running off.

The incidents happened in streets adjacent to York Avenue in Jarrow and police believe they are linked.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his 20s, between 5ft 1ins to 5ft 7ins tall of skinny build, with short dark hair. He was wearing a light grey Adidas hooded tracksuit top with burgundy stripes down the arms and burgundy logo on the chest, and dark tracksuit bottoms. He spoke with a local accent.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sean McGuigan said: “We’ve been carrying out extensive enquiries into these offences and we know there have been concerns raised in the area.

“While these are low level assaults the women were left distressed and we take them extremely seriously. We’ve carried out house to house, made CCTV checks in the area and enquiries around the clothing worn.

“I’d like to appeal for anyone who recognises the description of the man and the clothing worn – specifically the distinctive tracksuit top – to get in touch with us.

“This may be someone you know and it’s important we speak to him as soon as possible. I’d also appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time or who has information to get in touch with us.”

Extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area and anyone with any concerns should speak with local officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of the Jarrow and Hebburn Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Image shows a tracksuit top the same as the one described as worn by the suspect.

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