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Burglary linked to sex attacker
E-fit of attacker
An E-fit shows the attacker in his disguise
A burglary at an elderly woman's home in south-east London may have been carried out by a serial sex attacker being sought by police.

The burglary took place at Ross Road, South Norwood, early on Thursday.

Under Operation Minstead police have been trying to catch the attacker for 16 years.

The man is thought to be responsible for four rapes and 24 other sexual assaults during 98 break-ins in London since 1990.

Soft voice

"At this stage we're treating it as a burglary, but one line of inquiry is that it could be connected to Operation Minstead," said a Metropolitan police spokesman.

The attacks have been concentrated in south-east London, including areas of Shirley, Forest Hill, Orpington, Coulsdon and Warlingham.

The suspect is described as a black man, in his late 30s, with a well-spoken soft voice and an athletic build.

Forensic investigations have shown he originates from the Windward Islands in the Caribbean.

A reward of 40,000 has been offered for information leading to the attacker's arrest and conviction.

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