Page last updated at 12:12 GMT, Friday, 28 May 2010 13:12 UK

Police hold residents summit over Bracknell sex attacks

New e-fit of suspect
A new e-fit has been compiled from a witness description

About 150 people have attended a meeting organised by police after a series of sex attacks on teenage girls in Berkshire.

Two of the attacks in Bracknell took place earlier in May, while a third attack in November is being linked.

Five Thames Valley Police officers from the major crime unit attended the meeting at Bracknell Leisure Centre.

On Tuesday, police released a new e-fit image of a man they are seeking in connection with the attacks.

Ch Insp Simon Bowden told the packed hall: "With a predator on the loose it is very hard to reassure you.

"We are going to tell you what we are doing today to catch what I can only describe as an evil man."

We believe the man is local, based on his knowledge of the area when he took the girls back
Supt Rob Mason

He said officers were following up 800 leads from members of the public, were going into schools to talk to pupils, using social media to update the public and trying to get the case on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

In the most recent attacks, a 15-year-old girl was abducted and dragged into a vehicle as she walked home from school in Wildridings on 6 May.

She was driven away to what she described as a caravan and sexually assaulted.

Police want to trace a cyclist seen by the victim as she was dropped off by the attacker at Netherton Baptist Church after the assault.

Two hours earlier, a 14-year-old girl escaped after being grabbed by a man who entered her home in the Hanworth area.

The girl managed to push him off and ran for help.

Grey beanie hat

The November attack was against a 16-year-old girl, who was forced into a car in Julias Hill, in the Warfield area.

She was taken to a secluded location down a track, to what she described as a portable building, or semi-permanent building, and was then sexually assaulted.

The girls said the attacker had put his grey beanie hat over their eyes to blindfold them so they could not see where they were being taken.

Supt Rob Mason said the man took the girls back to Bracknell in his car after attacking them.

"The vehicle we're very, very sure was dark blue," he said.

"We believe the man is local, based on his knowledge of the area when he took the girls back."

The suspect is described as being of medium build, aged between 20 and 40, with brown eyes and a deep husky voice.



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