Two women sexually assaulted on same city centre street

17 Jul 2017 @ 4.47 pm
| Crime, News

Two women have been sexually assaulted on the same York street within two days of each other.

Police are exploring whether the attacks are linked.

Both took place in the area around North Street near to the Park Inn hotel.

Attack 1

One woman was sexually assaulted after leaving a city centre nightclub in the early hours of Thursday (July 13).

Detectives are still investigating the exact circumstances of events surrounding the incident including the precise location of the attack.

They are urging anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch if they saw anything that may help the investigation.

Attack 2

This image of the Park Inn shows the riverside path

In a second incident, a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked along the riverside path between Bridge Street and the Park Inn.

She ran off following the incident, which happened between 12.30 to 12.45am on Saturday (July 15).

Police have issued this description of her attacker.

Have you seen him?

The suspect is…

of Asian appearance
in his 30s
around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall
with a shaved head with a prominent hairline

He was wearing

a dark jacket
dark trousers
and white trainers
and had a bike with white colouring

Reviewing CCTV

Police are studying CCTV from the street

After the attack a man and woman, who police believe are not connected to the incident, walked past the victim near a walled garden area next to the Park Inn.

Officers are keen to trace these people, as they believe they may have important information.

Police are carrying out detailed investigations into both incidents, including reviewing CCTV from the area, and are working to establish whether the two incidents are related.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Ellis said:

Both of these investigations are in their early stages and we’re currently exploring whether they are linked.

We’re urging anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen something suspicious, or has any other information about these incidents, to get in touch with police.

Uniformed officers will be patrolling the area during the next few days as part of their usual duties and we are providing specialist support to the victims.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Serious Crime Team
Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12170122739