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Police think two beach assaults in Cornwall could be linked

Police think two beach assaults in Cornwall could be linked

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:00pm 18th October 2019. (Updated at 3:01pm 18th October 2019)

Police are investigating two alleged serious assaults on a beach in Cornwall that they think may be linked.

Both involved women on their own at night on Porthminster beach in St Ives.

Officers previously issued an appeal following an allegation of an assault between the evening of Wednesday 18th and the early hours of Thursday 19th September.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, was assaulted within a tent which was on the beach.

During another earlier incident on 23rd August a female was reportedly sexually assaulted whilst on the beach in the early hours of the morning. 

That incident has been investigated from the outset, but since the more recent report they are now considering them as possibly linked.

Police says the two reports are "very concerning" but "extremely rare". People are being urged not to walk home alone.

Extra patrols are taking place in the area and safety advice has been given to schools.

Anyone who saw anything or has any information is being urged to get in touch.

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Police think two alleged serious assaults on Porthminster beach in St Ives may be linked - people are being urged to be vigilant

"We have received two separate allegations, both having taken place in the early hours of the morning. The first on Friday 23rd August, the second on Thursday 19th September with both occurring on Porthminster beach.

"In both incidents, the female victims were subjected to a serious assault.

"Clearly these two reports are very concerning and we continue to concentrate our efforts to identify the offender. Whilst these two attacks are similar in their nature, we are keeping an open mind that they may not in-fact be linked.

"On both occasions, the victims were alone when they were assaulted. 

"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.

"We are also appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area during the date of either attack and who saw or heard anything suspicious."

Superintendent Adrian Leisk

A 32-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on police bail until 7th November.

Anyone with any information please contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101 quoting crime reference log 344 18/10/19 or via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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