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Cornwall police release CCTV of a man in relation to two serious assaults in St Ives

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to in connection with two serious assaults on women in St Ives.

The attacks earlier this year both took place on Porthminster beach, just weeks apart, and police believe they are connected.

Police say they are linking the attacks. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The first was an attack on a woman whilst she was alone in her tent on the beach.

The incident happened between the evening of Wednesday, September 18th and the early hours of Thursday, September 19th.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, suffered serious neck injuries consistent with being strangled.

In a separate incident on August 23rd, a woman was sexually assaulted on the beach in the early hours of the morning.

A 32-year-old local man who was previously arrested in connection to his incident has been released with no further action.

The attacks happened on Porthminster beach in St Ives. Credit: ITV News

We received two separate allegations, both having taken place in the early hours of the morning. In both incidents, the female victims were alone when they were subjected to a serious assault and we believe these are linked.

We continue to concentrate our efforts to identify the offender. As part of our investigation, we have recovered CCTV footage from the Tregenna Hill area of St Ives showing a person who we believe may have information which is key to this investigation.

As you can see in the footage, the person is male and wearing a black hooded top with a very distinct pattern on the back. Do you recognise this person? Do you recognise this hooded top? We are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and contact us. Or indeed if this is you, then please make contact with us.

We will be able to exclude any innocent party from the investigation and so it is vitally important that anybody with any information in relation to these offences contacts the police.

– Detective Inspector Pete Found

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Anyone with any information should contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting log number 243 of Thursday 7 November or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Whilst these incidents are extremely rare in St Ives it is important that people remain vigilant. We ask that people look out for each other and to not walk alone in isolated areas; stay with friends during a night out and ensure journeys home are arranged.

We have attended local schools to give safety advice and offer reassurance and we have arranged extra police patrols in the area.

– Detective Inspector Pete Found
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Credit: ITV News