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Nightstalker claims five more victims

PUBLISHED: 17:55 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 August 2010

A PSYCHOPATH who has been on the loose for 18 years has struck again. Police believe a rapist burglar, dubbed the Night Stalker , broke into three more homes near Bromley. Believed to have been responsible for 108 offences, including a string of rapes

A PSYCHOPATH who has been on the loose for 18 years has struck again.

Police believe a rapist burglar, dubbed the 'Night Stalker', broke into three more homes near Bromley.

Believed to have been responsible for 108 offences, including a string of rapes and burglaries against elderly women since the early 1990s, he is believed to have committed five more offences in May.

There were five burglaries last month in Norbury, Norwood, Downham and Lee Green, with what police say was a 'sexual element'.

Police do not have DNA evidence linking these crimes to the Night Stalker but are confident it is him because of the manner of the burglaries.

The Night Stalker expertly breaks into the homes of the elderly late at night, cutting their telephone and electricity lines or removing light bulbs.

He spends hours in the house before he finds his chosen victim and shines a torch into the victim's face asking them for money.

He subjects his victims to horrific ordeals, sometimes raping or sexually assaulting them before leaving the property without taking much at all.

The latest wave follows four similar offences in November 2007 in Norwood and East Dulwich.

Now, there is a £40,000 reward for information which leads to a conviction.

He is described as a light-skinned black man, with markings on the side of his face, which could be either freckles, scarring or spots.

He is around 40-years-old, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft 2ins , slim athletic build, softly spoken and polite.

Police believe he is using or has used a motorcycle, has a connection with Brighton and that his mother died in 2000.

The man in charge of the largest hunt for a sexual offender ever - Operation Minstead, Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan, said: "We know he has strong links to the Honor Oak or Forest Hill areas of south London. It could be that he lives, visits or works there.

"I ask people to be confident in calling the police to give us names. We have a DNA profile of the offender and therefore anyone who is innocent can easily be discounted.

"A vulnerable section of society has been terrorised for 18 years and this gives us a real chance identifying an offender."

Anyone with information should call 020 8721 4640 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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