Search

Bromley man arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 30 January 2018

Foxfield Road, Orpington, where the first reported assault took place. Picture: Google

Foxfield Road, Orpington, where the first reported assault took place. Picture: Google

Archant

A 51-year-old male has been arrested in Bromley in connection with a series of sexual assaults which have taken place across five different South London boroughs.

He was taken to a south London police station where he currently remains in custody.

The series of 26 allegations mainly relate to Lewisham and Greenwich boroughs but also include Bromley, Bexley and Southwark.

The linked series of assaults typically took place during rush hour periods - between 7.00am - 9.00am and 4.00pm - 6.00pm.

His alleged victims were all young women and girls.

The first incident is believed to have taken place on October 16 2016 - it involved a 13-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted in Foxfield Road, Orpington at around 9.15am.

Since then, police have received reports of similar offences that may have been committed by the same suspect.

The last reported assault was committed on Monday, January 8.

A 12-year-old girl reported an attempted robbery at approximately 7.30am on Grierson Road junction with Gabriele Street.

The officers are linking this to the series and treating it as an attempted sexual assault.

Police have increased patrols in the areas where offences have been reported, and have also worked with local schools to reassure pupils and parents.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Furphy of Lewisham police, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are aware that there might be further victims who have not yet spoken to police.

“If you are a victim, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault, I can assure you your information will be treated with strict confidence and sensitivity and we can also access specialist support where needed.”

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 0208 284 8346 or call 101 or tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Fri, 12:30

Brendan Cole will be waltzing his way to the Churchill Theatre on Sunday March 25, with his new show All Night Long.

Fri, 07:00

Parents of young children with additional needs in Bromley are invited to free workshops to help them with some of the unique challenges that they face.

Thu, 16:35

Unite, Britain’s largest union, warned of possible strike action hitting services run for Bromley council by two contractors today (Thursday, February 22), after staff overwhelmingly backed action in two separate strike ballots.

Thu, 12:34

An Orpington care home is inviting the local community to its free, informative event on living well with diabetes.

Thu, 07:00

Many teenagers are calling for compulsory work experience to be put back on the school curriculum, including Bromley student Lauren Polson.

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder