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Burglar feared to be sex attacker

New e-fit of attacker
The suspect is responsible for four rapes and 24 other sexual assaults

A serial sex attacker responsible for more than 100 attacks on pensioners across south-east London may have struck again.

An 81-year-old woman was burgled in her home in West Wickham, south-east London, in the early hours of Tuesday.

She was not assaulted or injured during the incident.

Officers from Operation Minstead, the police unit set up to identify and capture the serial criminal, have been informed of the incident.

The woman, who lives alone, was left so terrified by her ordeal that it took her 45 minutes to call the emergency services.

Forensic experts have been scouring the woman's semi-detached home for clues into the incident.

The burglary brings the total number of raids linked to the man during an 18-year reign of terror to at least 105.

"We are investigating a burglary at an address in West Wickham in the early hours of Tuesday," a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said.

"Officers from Operation Minstead have been informed."

The Minstead suspect is thought to be responsible for four rapes and 24 other sexual assaults during break-ins.

Veneer of respectability

Although the vast majority of his victims have been women, police said they also include 10 elderly men, one of whom suffered a sexual attack.

Detectives believe the suspect is an employed black man, aged between 35 and 45, who masks his crimes behind the veneer of a respectable life.

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

Police added the suspect could be living, visiting or working in Honour Oak or Forest Hill area.

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

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