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Police release CCTV after 'serious assaults' in St Ives

Police release CCTV after 'serious assaults' in St Ives

Published by Emma Carton at 4:44pm 7th November 2019. (Updated at 5:08pm 7th November 2019)

Police investigating two alleged serious assaults in St Ives have released CCTV footage.

They believe the incidents, that happened on Porthminster Beach, could be linked.

One involved a woman in her 30s who was alone in her tent on the beach.

Officers say the victim suffered serious neck injuries. consistent with being strangled.

It happened between the evening of Wednesday 18th September and the early hours of Thursday 19th September.

During an earlier incident in the early hours of the 23rd August, a female was allegedly sexually assaulted on the beach.

Detectives believe a male, seen in this CCTV footage, could have information key to the investigation and they are keen to identify him.

 

Speaking last month, police described the reports as "very concerning" but "extremely rare".

They urged people to take steps to protect themselves, including not to walk home alone.

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

"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. 

“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

A 32-year-old local man, previously arrested in connection to the incident in August, has now been released with no further action.

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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