Boy, 16, in custody after string of sexual assaults in Hackney Marshes

Three teenagers have now been arrested as part of the investigation, after an 18-year-old man and another 16-year-old boy were both released on bail, pending further investigation.

A 16-year-old boy is in custody following a series of linked sexual assaults in the Hackney Marshes area.

Police say he was arrested in the Hackney area on Wednesday, June 22, on suspicion of sexual assault.

Three teenagers have now been arrested as part of the investigation, after an 18-year-old man and another 16-year-old boy were both released on bail, pending further investigation.

The string of attacks have occurred in the Hackney Marshes area

In a number of the reported offences, the description of the suspect and his actions have been similar.

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Lone women out walking or jogging have been approached by a male on a bicycle, who grabbed their buttocks from behind or touched their genitals or breasts before making inappropriate comments and riding off.

Detectives have so far received a number of reports from February to June, but officers suspect there could be more incidents and are urging any women who may not yet have spoken to police to make contact.

Detectives have released an E-FIT image of a suspect they are working to identify following a series of linked sexual assaults in the Hackney Marshes area. Photo: Met Police

The suspect is described as a light skinned male, possibly mixed race, aged 16/17, who is usually wearing a grey tracksuit.

Det Supt Mike Hamer, from the central east basic command unit, said: "We have now made three arrests in connection with these sexual assaults and our investigation continues at pace.

“I understand these assaults have caused considerable concern among the community, but we have a dedicated team of officers working around the clock and carrying out a number of enquiries to bring the perpetrator to justice.

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“This investigation is a priority for my team and we are taking it extremely seriously.

“We also have an increased police presence in the area, and officers are speaking with members of the community to provide reassurance.

“Anyone with any concerns can speak to these officers or call 101.

"We are continuing to appeal for the public’s help and we would ask that anyone with information that might help our investigation, or any victims who have not yet come forward, to contact police as a matter of urgency."

Anyone who has information that could help police should call 101 or Tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 2905/22JUN.

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