04:28AM, Wednesday 28 March 2012
Safety advice has been issued by police after a fourth woman was the victim of a violent attack in the Grenfell Road area.
Investigating officers have said they are keeping an 'open mind' over whether a mugging in the road in the early hours of Sunday is connected to three other violent assaults - including an attempted rape.
They have spanned eight months. Three of the victims were walking alone and descriptions of the attackers has varied.
The latest strike at about 2am on Sunday saw a mugger grab his victim by the throat and force her to the ground.
The 45-year-old was targeted from behind as she walked home after a night out in Maidenhead.
Detective Inspector Stuart Bosley, from Maidenhead CID, issued a call for people to step forward with information.
The robber is described as dark skinned, either Asian or black, 25-30 years-old, about 5ft 8ins with a medium build.
One Grenfell Road female resident said what had happened was 'horrible' and added: "I'm scared. I always walk on my own in the evenings after work."
The previous attacks remain unsolved.
DI Bosley advised people to think about their personal safety, particularly when returning home late at night.
"If you think you are being followed, cross the road several times and walk to a busy place, such as a shop or petrol station, or knock on someone’s door," he added.
On Saturday, July 23, a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man near the Bath Road junction of the road.
On Tuesday, September 6, just before midnight a man attempted to rape a 42-year-old woman in an alleyway linking Grenfell Road to Kings Grove.
On Saturday, December 10, a mugger left a 28-year-old woman with a fractured skull after attacking her close to Grenfell Road under the railway bridge in Silco Drive.
Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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