CCTV footage is being released today as part of an investigation into a reported assault in Memorial Gardens, Scunthorpe on Sunday, March 27, with the possibility it may be linked to another incident reported last year.
We were called on Monday, March 28 by a woman reporting that she had been assaulted by a man in the public gardens at approximately 6am the day before. Another woman in the area intervened during the incident and the man fled the scene in the direction of Teale Street and Berkely Street.
An investigation was launched immediately with a CCTV image released asking the public for help and information.
Since that time, we have carried out a number of enquiries and followed up on various leads, and we believe this incident could be connected to a report made last year.
Detective Chief Inspector Al Curtis explains: “As part of our current investigation, we have explored whether this assault, could be connected to a reported rape in October last year on Teale Street, and enquiries are ongoing in relation to this and to ascertain the exact facts.
“The CCTV images we have released today are from 27 March and the man in the images we would like to identify and speak with, as he may have valuable information that could assist with our investigations.
“Extensive enquiries have been, and continue to be, underway with forensic testing taking place, close working with partner agencies ongoing and hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from the local area being reviewed.
“We also have officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team continuing to patrol in the area to offer reassurance, I’d encourage anyone with concerns to have a chat with them.
“Anyone who believes they may have any information or that they recognise the man shown, I would ask to please call our non-emergency 101 line quoting log number 253 of 28 March. Your assistance could be a vital part of our investigation and I would urge you to please get in touch.”
One man was recently arrested in connection with both reports but he has been eliminated from enquiries and released without any further action.