Police reassure public after string of sexual offences

Police reassure public after string of sexual offences

Justin Burns

Police reassure public after string of sexual offences

Round the clock investigations are being carried out by police into bringing sexual offenders to justice after a spate of offences.

In the last six weeks across Windsor and Maidenhead two women have been raped, while other serious sexual assaults have also taken place.

Chief Inspector Lee Townsend, (pictured) deputy local police area commander reassured the public and said officers are looking at every avenue to bring them to justice.

Speaking at a police media briefing today he said everything is being done, but the attacks were 'concerning for police and members of the public'.

He said: "We are determined to bring these perpetrators to justice and we will support the victims that have been targeted.

"The Royal Borough is a very safe place to live and we will take all the steps to bring these offenders to justice."

Figures released by police for April 2012 to March 2013 said the number of rape cases increased from 22 to 29 and serious sexual offences rose by 4.7 per cent from 85 to 89.

Chf Insp Townsend said reducing serious sexual assaults was one of the force's priorities, but said it was 'incredibly rare' to get them in the borough.

He said police have worked hard to reduce violence against the person, and the number was down 12 per cent compared to last year.

He added: "I appeal to members of the public if they see anyone acting suspiciously then please come forward and report them."

A woman was sexually assaulted on Saturday last week after she left Liquid in Windsor in a car. Anshul Sharma, 23, of Hencroft Street South in Slough has been charged in suspicion of rape.

On Tuesday a woman was sexually assaulted on a secluded footpath in in Maidenhead. It happened in The Gullet which runs from Ludlow Road to the Larchfield estate. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police are also investigating reports of a woman being sexually assaulted in a path which runs from Gringer Hill to College Avenue in Maidenhead.

Anyone with information should phone 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. 

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