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Police believe sexual assaults in Reading could be linked

Thames Valley Police are investigating two sexual assaults Photo: PA

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a number of incidents in Reading on Saturday morning, where two women were sexually assaulted and a man was seen acting suspiciously in the communal area of a block of flats.

The first incident happened when a 25-year-old woman was walking along Oxford Road at around 5.30am. As she walked along the road, she was approached by an unknown man who started talking with her.

The man then became aggressive and pulled the woman into a nearby alleyway, opposite the

McDonald’s fast food restaurant, and sexually assaulted her.

The woman was able to fight the man away and he has fled the scene in the direction of Portman Road. The woman’s handbag was also stolen in the incident.

Then at 6.24am Thames Valley Police were called by a 22-year-old woman who lived in flats in the Oxford Road area of Reading, who reported that a man had been buzzing on her intercom. When she went outside to challenge who was doing it, she was confronted by a man who made threats towards her.

Then at around 6.55am a 27-year-old woman was cycling along Swansea Road, when a man approached her on a bike and started following her and attempted to talk to her and get her to stop.

The woman continued cycling along the road, when she was grabbed on the shoulder by the man, who kicked out at her causing her to collide with a parked car and for him to fall off his bike.

The man began shouting at the woman and she got back on her back and cycled to the main road where she met with friends.

The man was seen cycling past them and went the wrong way around the roundabout at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

The man in both incidents is described as Asian, 5ft 10ins, and in his mid twenties.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in connection with the incident in Oxford Road and is currently in police custody at this time.

This was obviously a traumatic ordeal for the women involved and thankfully they only sustained minor injuries in the incidents. Officers carried out enquiries around the area yesterday morning following the report of the first incident, but the second incident only came to light much later in the day. A lot of work is being undertaken to trace the suspect and bring him into custody and I would urge anyone who was in the area around this time, who may have seen something, to come forward and speak with us as soon as possible. We do believe at this time that these incidents are linked. Additional patrols have been put in place in the area to offer reassurance to local residents and if anyone has any concerns they should speak with officers who can help to address these.”

– Det Insp Sarah Grahame